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Harvard Speeds Up Evolution, Shops Secret to DuPont

Evolution often plays out over millennia. George Church says he can make it happen in days.

He and his team of researchers at Harvard Medical School in Boston invented a table-top machine that can generate multiple changes in the DNA of bacteria all at once, speeding up the evolutionary process. Aiming to sell the technology for use in chemicals, energy, and the drug industry, they’re talking with DuPont Co. and other companies, members of the team said.