TOOLS: Gene-o-Matic

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Science  24 Feb 2006:
Vol. 311, Issue 5764, pp. 1079
DOI: 10.1126/science.311.5764.1079c

This new program from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, Maryland, is a timesaver for scientists who craft DNA sequences for genetic engineering or to decipher gene functions. Users key in a protein sequence, and GeneDesign specifies a DNA blueprint that researchers can synthesize themselves or order from a company. GeneDesign lets users customize their creations for a particular vector—a DNA snippet that ferries the sequence into cells—and for the organism they are studying.

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