Twist Bioscience Announces Availability of Synthetic SARS-CoV-2 RNA Controls
-- Positive Controls can be Used as Reference to Verify and Validate RT-PCR and NGS Assays --
“The recent coronavirus outbreak has led to a rapid response from the viral research and therapeutics community around the world, however in the face of a pandemic, time is not on our side and better tools are needed,” said Emily M. Leproust, Ph.D., CEO and co-founder of
Twist is offering two fully-synthetic SARS-CoV-2 RNA controls, available for distinct reference sequences:
- Twist Synthetic SARS-CoV-2 RNA Control 1 (MT007544.1)
- Twist Synthetic SARS-CoV-2 RNA Control 2 (MN908947.3)
The Twist synthetic controls are designed based on two specific SARS-CoV-2 variants, cover the full viral genome and are sequence-verified. In addition, Twist is able to create synthetic RNA controls from other strains or sequences of the virus, and can provide these custom controls within two weeks. For more information on the Twist Synthetic SARS-CoV-2 RNA controls, please visit: https://www.twistbioscience.com/coronavirus-research-tools. Customers purchasing synthetic controls are subject to Twist’s leading biosecurity screening protocols and applicable laws and regulations.
In addition to working with customers to provide synthetic controls, Twist is delivering key products for academic institutions and healthcare companies fighting the global health crisis. The company is synthesizing Clonal Genes and Gene Fragments that enable quick development of subunit vaccines from one or more antigen-presenting viral gene or peptide sequence, bypassing the need for scientists to handle live and potentially dangerous pathogens and eliminating the time needed to clone DNA fragments. Twist also offers Research-Use Only (RUO) target enrichment NGS panels for viral detection and characterization of samples. The company remains committed to continued innovation and delivery of products to meet the evolving needs of the research community.
Legal Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained herein, including without limitation Twist’s ability to deliver synthetic controls for SARS-CoV-2 to its customers and its ability to provide such synthetic controls within two weeks, are forward-looking statements reflecting the current beliefs and expectations of management made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other important factors that may cause Twist Bioscience’s actual results, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the risks and uncertainties of the ability to attract new customers and retain and grow sales from existing customers; risks and uncertainties of rapidly changing technologies and extensive competition in synthetic biology could make the products