NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Intrexon's shares were up as much as 69 percent on its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange today.

In afternoon trading, shares of the Germantown, Md.-based synthetic biology firm remained sharply up at 50 percent at $24.05.

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The United Nations is to consider a ban on field testing gene drives at a meeting being held next week, Technology Review reports.

The Associated Press reports that gene-edited food may soon be for sale.

The US Department of Health and Human Services is beginning a series of meetings on human fetal tissue research, Stat News reports.

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