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Zinc Fingers: Business Meets Science

A look at the costs of accessing zinc finger nucleases for research.

By Rachael Moeller Gorman // Fall 2010

Approximate full price for a set of two customized zinc finger nucleases

Approximate cost charged by the Zinc Finger Consortium for each zinc finger pool, which scientists can then use to create ZFNs

Approximate time, in months, required to master the technique for creating ZFNs with the Zinc Finger Consortium’s pools and protocol

Number of academic labs that have successfully made their own ZFNs in the past two years

Number of “families” of patents owned or co-owned by Sangamo BioSciences

Year some of these patents may expire


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