Gen9 hopes to be the Intel of custom DNA
Gen9 packs its product into a white styrofoam cooler just about big enough to fit four cans of beer. When the Cambridge firm ships the coolers, they usually contain dry ice, and in the place of brewskis, a plastic tray with dozens of tiny little reservoirs. Floating in the reservoirs are strands of synthetic DNA, designed by Gen9’s customers. The founders of Gen9 believe that just as cheap, plentiful microchips revolutionized the world we live in, so will cheap, plentiful genetic material.