Gene Synthesis


Gene Synthesis

Synthetic genes are double stranded genetic materials synthesized in the laboratory based on a sequence obtained from genetic databases. They can also be synthesized based on a sequence that is randomly generated or purposefully designed or manipulated in silico. This synthesis capability is critical for studies that use DNA sequences that are difficult to generate via conventional methods such as molecular cloning.

Any DNA sequence that differs from what is available in nature can easily be obtained via synthetic biology. Additionally, sequences already in existence can also be synthesized rapidly.

Researchers in academia, as well as the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries demand certain (existing or de novo) DNA sequences to be physically synthesized in order to carry out their research.

These synhtetic DNA sequences, can be obtained within a short time frame thanks to gene synthesis technology. Furthermore, the cost of gene synthesis is, in general, significantly lower than the cost of cloning the same gene when the latter is an option (i.e. when the desired gene sequence is identical to that in nature).