/Tag: genocad

Plasmid Design

By |2019-02-06T19:36:53+00:00November 13th, 2017|

We can help you with your next plasmid design project. Send us an email or schedule a call to tell us about it. What is Plasmid Design? In the early days of genetic engineerings, the limits of cloning technologies forced biologists to work with a limited number of plasmids. In other words, all they could [...]

Teaching Synthetic Biology with GenoCAD

By |2019-02-06T19:38:09+00:00November 1st, 2015|

Teaching synthetic biology can be challenging because it involves concepts from so many fields.  I would like to give credit to two professors who have been teaching synthetic biology using GenoCAD. I was directly involved in the class taught by Massimiliano Pierobon at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Using video conference, I first gave a seminar [...]

Sustainability of bioinformatics infrastructures

By |2019-02-06T19:38:31+00:00September 29th, 2015|

GenomeWeb published a long article about the sustainability of bioinformatics infrastructures based on the GenoCAD transition into a commercial product. The articles describes the challenges of finding the right business model allowing the scientific community who depends on the tools to access it without restriction while at the same time generating enough revenue to ensure [...]

Virginia Tech announces GenoCAD transition

By |2019-02-06T19:38:31+00:00August 25th, 2015|

Virginia Tech issued a press-release announcing the transformation of GenoCAD into a commercial product. GenoCAD started as a NSF-funded research project. In 2010, we released the application open-source using the Apache 2.0 license. Open source licensing appeared to be the most favorable way of ensuring the long-term sustainability of this infrasture. After we created GenoFAB, [...]

GenoCAD has Moved!

By |2019-02-06T19:38:31+00:00May 20th, 2015|

GenoCAD has not been supported by an active research grant since 2013. As a result, the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute no longer has the resources necessary to maintain this free service to the community. Last we week we redirected the address to a new server available at This new infrastructure will be more suitable to support the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Articles on genetic languages achieve top Altmetric rankings

By |2019-02-06T19:41:30+00:00March 26th, 2014|

We recently issued a press-release reporting the publication of two articles describing genetic languages developed with GenoCAD.  This press release got a lot of media attention. Some of the sites that echoed this announcement included: Genetic languages guide the design of synthetic biological systems Business Standard: Software to help design health care products Counsel & Heal: Scientists [...]