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[Andrew John Hessel, Jacqueline Yuan Quinn. Autodesk, Inc. Paul Richard Ayre Jaschke. Stanford University. Synthetic Phi-X174 (Plaque assay result for Gen9 synthetic DNA sample). 2014. Synthetic DNA, E.coli cells, buffers, various restriction enzymes, ligase, agar growth plates. Photograph by J. Quinn. Image courtesy of Autodesk, Inc.]