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ready Synthetic Biology Open Language

Abbreviation: SBOL

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The Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL) is a standard used for the in silico representation of genetic designs. SBOL is designed to allow synthetic biologists and genetic engineers to electronically exchange designs, send and receive genetic designs to and from biofabrication centres, facilitate storage of genetic designs in repositories, and embed genetic designs in publications.

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The Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL) provides a community standard for communicating designs in synthetic biology.

Galdzicki M, Clancy KP, Oberortner E, Pocock M, Quinn JY, Rodriguez CA, Roehner N, Wilson ML, Adam L, Anderson JC, Bartley BA, Beal J, Chandran D, Chen J, Densmore D, Endy D, Grünberg R, Hallinan J, Hillson NJ, Johnson JD, Kuchinsky A, Lux M, Misirli G, Peccoud J, Plahar HA, Sirin E, Stan GB, Villalobos A, Wipat A, Gennari JH, Myers CJ, Sauro HM
Nature Biotechnology 2014

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Proposed data model for the next version of the Synthetic Biology Open Language

Roehner N, Oberortner E, Pocock M, Beal J, Clancy K, Madsen C, Misirli G, Wipat A, Sauro H, Myers CJ
ACS Synth Biol. 2014

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A repository of reusable, modular and composable models of biological parts.

iGEM Registry of Standard Biological Parts
The iGEM Parts Registry is a growing collection of genetic parts that can be mixed and matched to build synthetic biology devices and systems. As part of the synthetic biology community's efforts to make biology easier to engineer, it provides a source of genetic parts to iGEM teams and academic labs. You can learn more about iGEM Teams and Labs at

SynBioHub is a design repository for people designing biological constructs. It enables DNA and protein designs to be uploaded, then provides a shareable link to allow others to view them. SynBioHub also facilitates searching for information about existing useful parts and designs by combining data from a variety of sources.

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Grant Number(s)

  • 1355909 (National Science Foundation (NSF), USA)

  • 1356401 (National Science Foundation (NSF), USA)

  • EP/J02175X/1 (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK)