Biology, as human biologists will confess on bad days, is often just about moving tiny amounts of liquid around. This is kind of annoying if your genetic testing lab runs dozens of samples a day. But its downright impossible if you want to run hundreds or even thousands of samples a day—as a growing crop of genetic testing companies hope to do.
So Counsyl, a genetic testing company in South San Francisco, has hired some robots. Actually, they didnt just hire them; they built their own, designing parts and even repurposing a robot arm traditionally used to build cars. WIRED takes you on an exclusive look into one of the first fully automated genetic testing labs in the country. Welcome to the future of testing tech.