This is the first in a three-part series covering the interplay between genomic hotspots and the real estate markets that serve them. This installment examines how young genomics firms are faring in the broad biotech settlements of Montgomery County, Md., where robust demand and anemic supply have conspired to drive rent prices ever higher.

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