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Geplaatst op 22 augustus 2011 - 10:34

DNA Construction Software Saves Time, Resources and Money

DNA construction, also known as DNA cloning or recombinant DNA technology -- among a host of other terms -- is one of the principal tools of modern biotechnology, used for a wide variety of purposes, including genetic studies, medical research, and the development of advanced biofuels.

A number of software programs make the process faster and more efficient, but Nathan Hillson, a biochemist at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), with an eye on the economics of scientific discovery, has developed the only DNA construction software that also identifies which strategy would be the most cost-effective. This unique software program goes by the unassuming name of j5.

"Our j5 is the only software package today that both standardizes and cost-optimizes the DNA construction process," says Hillson, who directs JBEI's Synthetic Biology program and also holds an appointment with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)'s Physical Biosciences Division. "Through the design of short DNA sequences that can be used to join longer sequences together in recombinant DNA assemblies, the j5 software improves the accuracy, scalability, and cost-effectiveness of DNA construction."


The Web-based version of j5 is available to non-commercial users under a no-cost license agreement. Commercial users can access the Web-based version of j5 on a 14-day trial basis before entering into a licensing agreement. To view a demonstration video of the software and the j5 user's manual, visit the j5 Website at http://j5.jbei.org/

Lees alles: http://www.scienceda...10816133115.htm

Bron: DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
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