This article has been updated to include comments and more detail from a Geneart official.

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) –GeneArt said today that a German subsidiary of Life Technologies has purchased 58 percent of its outstanding shares, making Life Tech the majority shareholder of the Regensburg, Germany-based gene synthesis firm.

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