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Project Overview

Genomikon: an Educational Toolkit for the Rapid Assembly of Plasmids

Synthetic biology is a new and expanding field that has potential applications in every aspect of society. Today, synthetic biology is underused because it is expensive and slow. The University of Alberta is developing a method of plasmid assembly that is modular, rapid, and inexpensive. We are in process of designing an educational kit, Genomikon, which will enable anyone to construct a plasmid without special equipment. We will also provide a comprehensive lab manual to accomodate those new to the field.

To demonstrate the accessibility of our Genomikon toolkit, we will implement it in a high school laboratory setting. Genetic parts will be adapted into a system called BioBytes. This system will allow students to rationally create functional plasmids. The kit’s flexiblity will accomodate both predesigned experiments and new creative expressions. We believe that our kit could revolutionize science education. Our project not only seeks to optimize current procedures of synthetic biology but will also expose a new generation of students to this exciting field.

BioByte Theory

The DNA components of the Genomikon kit will be provided in linear pieces named BioBytes. These Bytes have 4 base 5' overhangs on both ends which gives specificity to the bytes that can neighbor it. BioBytes come in two flavors: A bytes and B bytes, which are defined by the composition of the overhangs it has. The result is that A bytes can only be ligated to B bytes and vise versa leading to a construct alternating in A and B bytes. The specificity in absolute order of a construct is given by an anchor which restricts ligation to only one side.

Types of Parts
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Assembly Method

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Competent Cells

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