A web-based program that simplifies many tricky steps involved in designing artificial DNA has been released by US microbiologists. The software suite, called GeneDesign, should make it easier for researchers to modify and study DNA. The cost of gene synthesis is rapidly falling with dozens of companies around the world now offering to create genes to order from the chemical components of DNA. GeneDesign was created by researchers led by Jef Boeke at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, US. It simplifies and automates several key steps of DNA design.
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