Why on Earth would someone order DNA on Amazon?

10/08/2016 - 4 minutes

Yes, you can now add a customized genetic sequence to your shopping cart, thanks to a Biotech startup. But what would you need it for?

chemical synthetic dna helixworks amazonLet’s say, you are buying some really cool Biotech reading material online. You can now head to the ‘Industrial & Scientific’ section of Amazon and get a GeneSlice with that. For €24.99, you can now get a DNA sequence of 750 base pairs that you get to spell out – literally. As the GeneSlice is made by chemical synthesis, you can unleash your creativity and make a sequence never before seen in nature. The doors to the world of genetic gibberish are wide open!

I’m not sure why this finding surprises me. It’s not like it’s the first time lab material is for sale online. If I go to the webpage of Sigma-Aldrich (now part of Merck), I have the chance to spend €35.60 in 1 kg of 99.5% pure, cell-culture-grade… glucose (yes, lab work is glorified cooking). And Zageno is building the ultimate online marketplace for lab supplies

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