The field of Synthetic Biology is both practically and philosophically reliant on the idea of BioParts — concrete DNA sequences meant to represent discrete functionalities. While there are a number of software tools which allow users to design complex DNA sequences by stitching together BioParts or genetic features into genetic devices, there is a lack of tools assisting Synthetic Biologists in finding BioParts and in generating new ones. In practice, researchers often find BioParts in an ad-hoc way. We present PartCrafter, a tool which extracts and aggregates genomic feature data in order to facilitate the search for new BioParts with specific functionalities. PartCrafter can also turn a genomic feature into a BioPart by packaging it according to any manufacturing standard, codon optimising it for a new host, and removing forbidden sites. PartCrafter is available at partcrafter.com.
- parts-based design
- data aggregation