The Registry of Standard Biological Parts
November 17, 2006, 8:22 pm
Filed under: Synthetic Biology

In an article about an MIT competition to design and construct bizarre biological mechanisms the purpose of the event was described:

“The key idea here is to develop a library of composable parts which we think of in the same way as Lego blocks,” says Tom Knight, an engineer at MIT who cofounded the competition with MIT bioengineer Drew Endy. (Both advise the MIT team.) “These parts can be assembled into more-complex pieces, which in many cases are functional when inserted into living cells.”[source]

One of the most important goals of the competition is to stock the shelves of the Registry of Standard Biological Parts, a sort of hardware store of genetic parts housed at MIT. “The idea is to standardize parts and the way they are put together, in the same way electrical and mechanical parts are standardized,” says Knight. “And to be able to give people a reasonable assurance that the parts, when put together, will function as they were designed to.”[source]

I, for one, will be a regular visitor to the Registry.