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Science  07 Jul 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6346, pp. 18-21
DOI: 10.1126/science.357.6346.18

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  • At biotech startup Zymergen, robotic f ngers are poised to pick microbe colonies in an AI-controlled quest for strains that crank out more chemicals.

    PHOTO: ZYMERGEN/ALBERT LAW PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Automating discovery

    Science is a sequence. Day in and day out, the work in a laboratory isn't so different from that in a factory. Papers come in and inspire new experiments, which lead to new findings—and result in new papers. Various companies and research organizations are building tools based on robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) that enhance or even replace the role of humans each step of the way.

    GRAPHIC: G. GRULLÓN/SCIENCE

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