Monthly Archives: April 2015


Database of biological parts

By |2019-02-06T19:38:31+00:00April 30th, 2015|

Nucleic Acids Research just published a paper describing the results of our efforts to analyze the annotations of thousands of plasmids commonly used across many life science specialties. This effort allowed us to release a database of genetic parts and sequence features that will be useful in better annotating existing plasmids and develop new expression [...]

I Hate Science (not really)

By |2019-04-04T17:18:24+00:00April 28th, 2015|

"People who have dedicated their lives to science. People who made a decision when they were about 16 years old to focus on science, who went through four years of undergrad and an average 6 years of graduate school, and 4-10 more years of training. People who’ve spent every moment since 2000 entirely dedicated to making new [...]

DOIs for my Blogs

By |2019-02-06T19:38:31+00:00April 27th, 2015|

The Winnower is a new service that academic bloggers have been waiting for. It is a platform that allow blogs to benefits from many of the services typically provided by regular journals. Academic bloggers can submit their posts for publication on the platform. The process is extremely simple. The software is even capable of retrieving [...]

Why design DNA?

By |2019-04-04T17:18:24+00:00April 27th, 2015|

I published a blog post entitled "Cloning forever" in which I show how biologists struggle with the notion of design applied to recombinant DNA. I hypothesize that most molecular biologists are still very focused on deriving new plasmids from existing ones using standard cloning techniques. Using a specific example, I explain the potential benefits of [...]

Cloning forever

By |2019-04-04T17:18:24+00:00April 27th, 2015|

No design needed! Over the last six months, I spent considerable time and efforts trying to engage biologists in discussions about the design of expression vectors. My goal has been to better understand the design rules applicable in different domains and so that we can formalize them in GenoCAD. This effort has been an eye [...]

Synthetic Biology Products and Applications

By |2019-04-04T17:18:24+00:00April 17th, 2015|

The Synthetic Biology Project of the Wilson Center has just released a directory of Synthetic Biology Products and Applications. This is another great community resource that will make it easier for all stakeholders to get a better vision of existing and upcoming synthetic biology products. This is a great complement to the Synthetic Biology Map. Todd [...]