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SBOL Visual: A Graphical Language for Genetic Designs

Lookup NU author(s): James Alastair McLaughlin McLaughlin, Professor Anil Wipat



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Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL) Visual is a graphical standard for genetic engineering. It consists of symbols representing DNA subsequences, including regulatory elements and DNA assembly features. These symbols can be used to draw illustrations for communication and instruction, and as image assets for computer-aided design. SBOL Visual is a community standard, freely available for personal, academic, and commercial use (Creative Commons CC0 license). We provide prototypical symbol images that have been used in scientific publications and software tools. We encourage users to use and modify them freely, and to join the SBOL Visual community:

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Author(s): Quinn JY, Cox RS, Adler A, Beal J, Bhatia S, Cai YZ, Chen J, Clancy K, Galdzicki M, Hillson NJ, Le Novere N, Maheshwari AJ, McLaughlin JA, Myers CJ, Umesh P, Pocock M, Rodriguez C, Soldatova L, Stan GBV, Swainston N, Wipat A, Sauro HM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: PLOS Biology

Year: 2015

Volume: 13

Issue: 12

Print publication date: 03/12/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Date deposited: 24/03/2016

ISSN (electronic): 1545-7885

Publisher: Public Library of Science


DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002310


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Autodesk, Inc.
National Science Foundation Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center
Stanford University
Brunel University
BB/M017702/1UK Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council (Centre for Synthetic Biology of Fine and Speciality Chemicals (SYNBIOCHEM))
DBI-1356041National Science Foundation
DE-AC02-05CH11231Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research, of the US Department of Energy
EP/J02175X/1UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (Flowers Consortium)
DBI-1355909National Science Foundation
R41 LM010745National Library of Medicine
R42 HG006737National Human Genome Research Institute