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A Look at Web Assembly and Molecular Analysis

On the BioNano team at Autodesk Research, running molecular analysis in the cloud is something we already enable scientists to do with ease.  Our Molecular Design Toolkit gives users access to this power in a web interface with a Python backend.  But what if we wanted to scrap the network lag and run some analysis […]

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Genetic Constructor

Genetic Constructor and GSL – Best of Both Worlds

PhD’s and undergraduates spend countless hours designing plasmids. Between debating about which cloning strategy to use, designing primers, and copy-pasting thousands of base pairs, you probably spend more time designing than physically assembling your construct. This is bearable if you only have a handful of designs – but it creates a huge bottleneck if you […]

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Explore Viral Databases with VirionDB

Earlier this year, the BioNano team of Autodesk Research began a new project, VirionDB. VirionDB is an open-source (GitHub) portal which aggregates information from several public databases, accessible to newcomers and experts alike, allowing users to survey the thousands of sequenced viruses. Why Another Repository? There are several existing databases which list viruses and information about […]

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A React Component to Visualize Molecules in 2D

One of the things we’re working on at Autodesk BioNano Research is creating a suite of tools for molecular design.  Visualization is a big part of that, so we wrote a simple D3 molecule visualizer to give a quick and easy way to view and interact with molecules.  We also needed something that could be […]

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Genetic Constructor, Molecule Viewer

Generative Design for Biology

Autodesk has been researching generative design for a few years now. In studying how it applies to biology, our team has found that this methodology is actually already being used in synthetic biology, both in academia and in industry. How? A biologist starts with a set of high level objectives such as maximizing the production of […]

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