DNA Synthesis and Assembly

genetic_circuitsGenetic programming is possible because of advances in the synthesis and construction of DNA. Companies dedicated to DNA synthesis are now able to chemically build sequences to order that are hundreds of thousands of bases long with every base specified. The center is developing methods to use microfluidics to synthesize DNA and proteins in parallel. In addition, methods to assemble genetic parts are valuable in creating many variations of pathways and programs. DNA assembly can also be coupled to liquid handling robots for rapid construction and prototyping.