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Twist Bioscience Launches Monkeypox Virus Synthetic DNA Controls

New synthetic controls add to growing portfolio of NGS applications for viral diseases

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SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Twist Bioscience Corporation (NASDAQ: TWST), a company enabling customers to succeed through its offering of high-quality synthetic DNA using its silicon platform, today launched two human monkeypox virus synthetic DNA controls1.

Positive controls provide quality control measures for the development, verification, and ongoing validation of both next-generation sequencing (NGS) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays. The Twist synthetic DNA controls include both known clades of the monkeypox virus, currently named the Congo Basin (Central African) clade and the West African clade, the latter of which has been identified as the predominant clade in the current multi-country outbreak.

“The monkeypox controls are the most recent addition to our expanding portfolio of synthetic controls and reference standards that empower our customers to develop research and diagnostic tests to improve global health. They also complement our growing suite of NGS applications for viral diseases, including the Twist Pan-Viral Panel, which was used by researchers to characterize the monkeypox pathogen in a previous outbreak and highlighted in The Lancet2,” said Emily M. Leproust, Ph.D., CEO and co-founder of Twist Bioscience. “As new and existing pathogens emerge as public health concerns, we will continue to rapidly develop tools to enable cutting edge research that improve global health outcomes.”

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