By Tony Fong

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – With two recent deals, Life Technologies is positioning itself to capitalize on what could be the next big market opportunity in the life sciences.

During the past two weeks the Carlsbad, Calif.-based company has completed two deals giving it a seat at the synthetic biology table — a field with a market size that has been projected to reach $2.4 billion by 2013.

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