Design and share DNA sequences with Benchling

Screen Shot 2013-10-17 at 10.16.30 PMCollaboration seems to have never been easier with the collection of online tools at our disposal. These tools take advantage of the cloud to store data accessible everywhere to anyone. The software is usually browser-based, which makes access simple and fast. As mentioned here several time before, online tools aiming at enhancing collaboration between researchers have flourished over the past few years (see GitHub, Authorea or SciGit for example). Benchling has been named the GitHub for genetics, with it, anyone working with DNA can effortlessly design, analyze, and share sequence data. Benchling gathers into one platform most of the tools you will need to manipulate genetic sequences. Getting ready for cloning? Benchling will help you in the process with tools that identify restriction sites, suggests appropriate reaction buffers and can generate virtual gels to compare theoretical to experimental reaction products. Other bioinformatic tools offered by Benchling help you design primers, align multiple sequences or annotate sequences. The fruits of your hard work can then be tagged and store in the cloud, in an easily searchable format. Benchling also generates interactive sequence for easy visualization of constructs.

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The workspace can be divided into the sequence and the plasmid map. All most items are interactive. To the far right, tools to align sequences, annotate, design primers and more.

Benchling is also about collaboration. Users can grant access to their sequence libraries for download or editing by collaborators. Changes in the sequences can be tracked with the possibility to revert to a previous version. All the data is stored in one location, meaning no more exchanging emails that get lost or overlooked. Benchling was founded in August 2012, by Cory Li and Sajith Wickramasekara.