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World's Top Gene Synthesis Companies Establish Tough Biosecurity Screening Protocol
Date:11/19/2009

World's Top Gene Synthesis Companies Form International Gene Synthesis Consortium (IGSC) to Coordinate Best Practices in Risk Reduction Five Member Companies Represent 80 Percent of Worldwide Gene Synthesis Capacity

(PRWEB) November 19, 2009 -- Five of the world’s leading gene synthesis companies today announced agreement that they will apply a common screening protocol to promote biosecurity in the gene synthesis industry. By screening the sequences of synthetic gene orders and the customers who place them, the companies aim to support government efforts to prevent the misuse of gene synthesis technology. Blue Heron Biotechnology, DNA2.0, GENEART, GenScript and Integrated DNA Technologies together represent approximately 80 percent of the global gene synthesis capacity. They have formed the International Gene Synthesis Consortium (IGSC) to coordinate ongoing best practices development and to work together with governments and others concerned to promote the beneficial application of gene synthesis technology and to safeguard biosecurity.

“We are proud to announce the formation of the International Gene Synthesis Consortium and equally proud of the commitment to the secure and safe synthesis of DNA it demonstrates,” said John Mulligan, Founder and CSO of Blue Heron Biotechnology. “The depth and breadth of expertise in gene synthesis represented by the participating companies, in concert with our dedication to policy based on sound science and thoughtful leadership, will enable us to shape the growth of a safe gene synthesis industry poised to help address the technological needs of the 21st century.”

“Safety and security are a chief priority for all of the IGSC companies, as the growth of the gene synthesis industry depends on an impeccable safety record. Each of the five founding companies has demonstrated a strong commitment to the safe d
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