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Synthetic Biology Tutorial


If you'd like a more advanced series of topics, you might check out my video lectures:
They are listed in order here: Synthetic Biology Trails

The Basics

Think the "Central Dogma" involves a kennel of chihuahuas? You need to start here with the basics.

Bare Bones Biochemistry

Basic Molecular Biology

Practical DNA

What is PCR?

Introduction to Biobricks and Basic Cloning

This tutorial is best used in conjunction with the sequence editor ApE. Read the section about ApE for a description of how to install it.

Installing ApE

Overview of Cloning

Introduction to Biobricks

Introduction to Refactoring

Technical Design

Basic Oligo Design (old)

Special Case: Single Internal Restriction Sites (old)

Construction of short parts

Golden Gate Cloning

Design of composite parts

Keeping track of construction files

Sequencing Analysis

Advanced Technical Design

Working with Translational Fusions

Circularly Permuted Proteins

The "what did they make" game


Implementing the Basic Construction File

Introduction to Structural Biology and Part Engineering

DeepView Basics

Tour of Structural Biology

Things you should know

Common Pitfalls and Tips

Origins of replication

The Critical Path

Retired Sections
To Be Added

If you have any comments or want to report a potential error in the tutorial, please email me (Chris Anderson) at

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