Safeguarding DNA synthesis

A free, cryptographically secure, and verifiably up-to-date system to screen all DNA synthesis for potential hazards

COVID-19 took over 20 million lives


That's over 10x more than if a nuclear warhead detonated in a major city. And future pandemics could be far worse.

Custom DNA is essential to biotechnology - and a healthy, sustainable future. But in the wrong hands, it could do great harm. Only authorized researchers should be able to obtain DNA permitting them to assemble pandemic-capable agents.

SecureDNA is a free, non-profit screening platform designed to safeguard DNA synthesis everywhere.

Effective DNA screening is an imperative


Public Health

An engineered pandemic could be far worse than COVID-19. Rigorous screening protects humanity against this risk.

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We expect new U.S. regulation to mandate rigorous DNA synthesis screening, alongside potential regulation elsewhere.

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Providers risk being held liable for failing to implement adequate safeguards against synthesizing hazards.

We offer fast, free synthesis screening you can trust

The SecureDNA team is composed of academic life scientists and cryptographers, policy analysts, information security specialists, and software engineers from many nations. They came together in 2019 to build a system capable of secure and universal DNA synthesis screening that would be suitable for stepwise or complete implementation by industry stakeholders.

Our team

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Supports legitimate research

Screening takes seconds and draws on existing biosafety approvals, helping new cures arrive faster.

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Guards against new hazards

An up-to-date database of hazards limits access to new pandemic-capable viruses as soon as they're identified.


Protects customer data

A transparent open-source implementation designed by world-leading cryptographers keeps sequences private.