This week the Industry Association of Synthetic Biology, a consortium of biotech firms with an interest in the nascent market for synthetic genes, will meet at the Analytica biotechnology trade show in Munich to discuss the future of the market, with a special emphasis on biosecurity.
 
The meeting coincides with the recent settlement of litigation between Codon Devices and Blue Heron Technology, two firms that are poised to be major competitors in the synthetic-biology market as it expands in coming years.

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