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> The big gene synthesis companies are all a part of the international gene synthesis consortium

Yes, they screen against one of the UK's lists of unauthorized individuals. At least, this was according to Howard Simon (dna20) when he mentioned it at the FBI/DIYbio workshop.

I was curious to see if anyone from DIYbio was on this list, so I did what any self-respecting hacker would do and wrote up some quick code to check... here's the details:


The good news is that nobody from the amateur communities seem to be on that list of excluded individuals for synthetic DNA.

disclaimer: I like to pretend I am working on an open-source microfluidic DNA synthesizer, which negates all their efforts and warps my perspective.

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