Johns Hopkins researchers have announced the development of a Web-based, automated computer program that they say greatly simplifies the time-consuming and error-prone process of manually designing artificial pieces of DNA.
The program, called GeneDesign, guides the design of blueprints for DNA segments to the exacting specifications required for studying gene function and genetically engineering cells. The blueprints are then used by companies or other investigators to synthesize the gene.
A report on the program appears in the April 2006 issue of Genome Research and online in mid-February. The publicly accessible Web site can be found at http://slam.bs.jhmi.edu/gd.
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