NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Synthetic biology instrument firm GeneForge has declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy and will be liquidating its assets.

The firm filed its petition on Dec. 7 in US Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington, listing $435,541 in assets and $2.5 million in liabilities.

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