Registry of Standard Biological Parts

Various authors, Mit, Mar 18, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I honestly don't know what to make of this (quite literally) but it is also the most amazing thing I've seen in a while. I don't completely understand it - the 'about' page is awful. The idea is to be able to define biological parts as sequences of DNA. There may be a software component - at one point it tried to send me what appeared to be a perl script. These parts are then assembled to create larger biological functions. It is all in support of the Intercollegiate Genetically Engineered Machine competition. One day somebody will write an intuitive interface (or at least a legible About page) and kids will be able to use these parts to create all manner of monsters. Virtual monsters, of course.
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