Up Close And Personal With Twist Bioscience

Twist Bioscience manufactures DNA. In the world of synthetic biology—a booming field that seeks to grow, harvest, and ferment new sustainable goods—custom DNA is a key ingredient. Before the pandemic hit, Twist saw its stock price nearly triple since its IPO in 2018. 

How is this pillar of the booming synthetic biology industry weathering the Covid-19 crisis? I spoke recently with two leaders at Twist to learn more.

An early pioneer of DNA synthesis, Emily Leproust co-founded Twist Bioscience and serves as its CEO and director. She grew up in France and completed a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of Houston. Leproust’s parents were entrepreneurs—her uncle was the CEO of a large global import and export company. This inspired a young Leproust to think beyond her home country and to think about entrepreneurship from a global

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Former Miami pool boy calls Falwell Jr. ‘predator,’ claims ex-Liberty University president sent him pic of student exposing herself

The twisted plot in the tawdry tale of Jerry Falwell Jr. and a former Miami pool boy took yet another turn Wednesday after Giancarlo Granda called the former Liberty University president “a predator” and claimed Falwell Jr. sent the now 29-year-old a picture of a student exposing herself and had participated in three-way video calls earlier this year.

Granda also pushed back on allegations that he was blackmailing the couple.

“The Falwells would have you believe that I seduced Becki [Falwell] into an affair without Jerry’s knowledge and then spent the intervening seven years trying to extort them,”

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Eric Trump uses RNC speech to make personal appeal to father

Eric TrumpEric Frederick TrumpSunday shows preview: Protests continue over shooting of Blake; coronavirus legislation talks remain at impasse Trump International Hotel in Vancouver closes permanently Mary Trump reveals recordings of Trump’s sister swiping at Ivanka, Eric MORE on Tuesday used a portion of his speech at the Republican National Convention to speak directly to his father, cheering him on and praising him for his first term in office.

Trump was the second of the president’s adult children to speak on Tuesday night. He is a fixture on Fox News defending his father, and his speech included numerous swipes at “cancel culture” and appeals to the president’s base.

But the final portion was more personal, as Trump referenced his late uncle, Robert Trump, who died earlier this month and was honored at a White House ceremony last week.

“In closing, I’d like to speak directly to my father,” Trump said.

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U.S. evangelical leader Falwell to leave university after personal scandal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Jerry Falwell Jr, a towering force in the U.S. evangelical Christian movement whose endorsement played a key role in President Donald Trump’s 2016 victory, has resigned as president of Liberty University, the school said on Tuesday.

Falwell’s dramatic departure as head of one of the world’s largest Christian universities came a day after Reuters reported that a business partner of the Falwell family had come forward with a stunning allegation: that he had been in a years-long sexual relationship involving Falwell’s wife and the evangelical leader.

To read the Reuters report about the affair, click here

Falwell, who for over a decade served as president of the university founded by his father, did not respond to a request for comment.

Tuesday’s announcement from the university put an end to a day of fevered back-and-forth over Falwell’s fate. Falwell, 58, had initially agreed to resign shortly after the

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Kayleigh McEnany Shares Personal Story: President Trump Called To Check On Me | Video

Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany shared an emotional personal story at the Republican National Convention.

MCENANY: I’m Kayleigh McEnany. You may know me as a supporter of President Trump, but tonight I’m here to share with you how he supported me both as a new mom and as an American with a pre-existing condition. When I was 21 years old, I got a call that changed my life. It was my doctor informing me that I had tested positive for the BRCA2 genetic mutation, a mutation that put my chances of breast cancer at 84%. It was the same mutation that my mom had compelling her to get a preventative double mastectomy, removing her breast tissue, but protecting her from a disease that has taken far too many of our mothers, our sisters, our friends. In my family, eight women alone were diagnosed with breast cancer, several in their young twenties.

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Kayleigh McEnany to share personal story in Republican National Convention address

EXCLUSIVE: White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany will speak at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night, sharing a personal story and recalling President Trump’s support of her as a working mother, Fox News has learned.

A senior White House official told Fox News that McEnany will deliver live remarks around 9 p.m. Wednesday night, sharing a deeply personal story that she doesn’t frequently discuss publicly.


“During one of my most difficult times, I expected to have the support of my family, but I had more support than I knew,” McEnany is expected to say.

The official told Fox News that her story is something that every woman is affected by in some way, but that isn’t discussed enough, and will involve her experience with the American health care system.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a press briefing at the

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Tim Scott, GOP’s lone Black senator, ties his personal story to Trump’s re-election

Tim Scott, one of the most prominent Black Republicans in America, gave a stirring speech on Monday tying his personal journey from college dropout and son of a single working mother to lawmakers to Trump’s vision for the country’s future. 

“Do we want a society that breeds success, or a culture that cancels everything it even slightly disagrees with?” Scott in his speech — which was notably different than other speakers on the main stage in that Trump was not the main focus — touted his legislative relationship with the president on the economy and education.

He painted Biden and Harris as the leaders of “radical Democrats” who want to turn American into a “socialist utopia.” 

His speech was also designed as a pitch to Black voters, who almost universally support Biden and the Democratic ticket. Scott, who is the first Black

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Joe Kennedy’s campaign wants Ed Markey to do more about personal threats and attacks

Rep. Joe Kennedy III says he has repeatedly received personal threats during his Senate primary campaign against Sen. Ed Markey.

a couple of people that are talking to each other: Rep. Joe Kennedy III and his wife, Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, take photos with supporters after they voted Saturday in Newton.

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Rep. Joe Kennedy III and his wife, Lauren Birchfield Kennedy, take photos with supporters after they voted Saturday in Newton.

And while Kennedy and Markey have themselves agreed that vitriolic attacks have no place even in an increasingly contentious inordinately online race, the Massachusetts congressman’s campaign wants the incumbent senator to do more about it.

In an email Monday morning to Markey campaign manager John Walsh, Kennedy campaign manager Nick Clemons called for “a personal and public statement from Senator Markey himself instructing his followers to immediately end the attacks on Joe’s supporters, the threats to Joe and his family’s life, and the destruction of Kennedy for Massachusetts campaign materials and property.”

“At the end of the day, the buck stops with the

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Sen. Tim Scott offers his personal story at RNC as counterpoint to Democrats’ agenda

Sen. Tim Scott, the highest-ranking Black Republican in Congress, painted Democrats as wanting to radically transform America and offered his personal biography as a counterargument to their agenda in a speech Monday at the Republican National Convention.

Tim Scott standing in front of a box: Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina speaks during the Republican National Convention on Monday. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

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Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina speaks during the Republican National Convention on Monday. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

The South Carolina senator, giving the capstone address of the evening, portrayed himself as the product of “the promise of the American journey,” a up-by-the-bootstraps story of upward mobility that brought the grandson of a cotton picker to the U.S. Capitol — and warned that Democratic rule could undermine such a trajectory.

“While this election is between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, it is not solely about Donald Trump and Joe Biden,” Scott said. “It’s about the promise of America. It’s about you and me — our challenges

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BBC defends Proms conductor after “unjustified personal attacks”

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The BBC has criticised social media attacks made against this year’s Last Night of the Proms conductor amid the Rule Britannia! controversy.

The Sunday Times reported that organisers feared a backlash if the anthem was played, along with Land of Hope and Glory, because of a perceived association with slavery and colonialism.

It drew anger from supporters of the music, and it has since been confirmed the pieces will be played but without singing.

Some Twitter users criticised this year’s conductor, Dalia Stasevska, from Finland, but the BBC has moved to defend her.

Dalia Stasevska was criticised on Twitter, but the BBC has moved to defend her. (Newspix via Getty Images)
Dalia Stasevska was criticised on
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