/Tag: genocad

Teaching Synthetic Biology with GenoCAD

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 [...]

Teaching Synthetic Biology with GenoCAD2019-02-06T19:38:09+00:00

Sustainability of bioinformatics infrastructures

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 [...]

Sustainability of bioinformatics infrastructures2019-02-06T19:38:31+00:00

Virginia Tech announces GenoCAD transition

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, [...]

Virginia Tech announces GenoCAD transition2019-02-06T19:38:31+00:00

GenoCAD has Moved!

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 [...]

GenoCAD has Moved!2019-02-06T19:38:31+00:00

Database of biological parts

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 [...]

Database of biological parts2019-02-06T19:38:31+00:00

Cloning forever

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 [...]

Cloning forever2019-04-04T17:18:24+00:00

Articles on genetic languages achieve top Altmetric rankings

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 [...]

Articles on genetic languages achieve top Altmetric rankings2019-02-06T19:41:30+00:00

Introduction to GenoCAD Webinar presented by OpenHelix

The Peccoud Lab, based at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech, is sponsoring a free webinar on GenoCAD, presented by OpenHelix on Thursday, March 27th, at 18:00 p.m. UTC/2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT. GenoCAD is a Computer-Assisted Design application for synthetic biology projects, which was developed by the Peccoud Lab at Virginia Tech and supported by the National [...]

Introduction to GenoCAD Webinar presented by OpenHelix2019-02-06T19:42:57+00:00