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Genetic Constructor, simplifying DNA design.

The Edinburgh Genome Foundry (EGF) team are co-authors of a web-based tool that can help researchers design and build the optimal genetic constructs.

Developed in collaboration with Bio/Nano Research Group at Autodesk (a world-leading developer of design software for every industry), Genetic Constructor is a high-level, web-based design tool for synthetic biology.

Genetic Constructor simplifies the design of genetic sequences by organising DNA constructs into composable blocks. This keeps the interface clear and user friendly for even the most complex of projects. The system also makes it effortless to re-use parts between projects or to define combinatorial libraries. This sequence designer has modern features such as nested constructs, templates and the ability to browse external part repositories.

The project started in 2015 as a collaboration between Autodesk and the EGF. We provided initial input in specifications, software design, and a web API to order directly from the EGF via Genetic Constructor.

You can access the software via the EGF website


Published in:

Bates, M. et al Genetic Constructor: An Online DNA Design Platform. ACS Synth. Biol., October 2017

DOI: 10.1021/acssynbio.7b00236

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