Amyris, a biotech company located in Emeryville, CA , is facing the throughput challenge. They specialize in engineering microorganisms that take up carbon from renewable sources and convert it into valuable molecules. To do this, Amyris needs to push through many iterations of each genetic design and, with each iteration, they learn more about the organism and improve future development. So, how did Amyris make their design process faster and more efficient? Their answer is called the Genotype Specification Language (GSL). GSL is a genetic design language for synthetic biologists that can extract precise ranges of sequences from various host genomes, complete optimizations on the fly and design the assembly strategy as well as required primers for the scientist – all automatically. GSL is used everyday by scientists at Amyris and, after being published earlier this year, the language is now available to the entire scientific community through Genetic Constructor, a new CAD platform for genetic design from the Autodesk BioNano Group. GSL and Genetic Constructor provide a powerful genetic design algorithm paired with abstract, elegant visualization. Combined, these tools will help shift the genetic engineering bottleneck from design and construction to testing and learning.