What’s Inside

For the past 2 decades, the use of DNA sequencing technology has largely been relegated to the domains of criminal forensics and the health- care industry. The company betting that the shale industry soon will join that list is Biota Technology, a California- based startup.

Founded in 2013, Biota says DNA sequencing technology can help maximize production in horizontal shale wells by directing operators where to place the wells, and how they should be completed.