NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Five international synthetic genetics companies have started a consortium that will focus on developing best practices for biosecurity protocols.

The International Gene Synthesis Consortium (IGSC), made up of Blue Heron Biotechnology, DNA2.0, GeneArt, GenScript and Integrated DNA Technologies, said today that it will work with governments and other interested parties to support efforts to keep gene synthesis technologies from being misused.

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