Thanks to Martin Anazco for linking to this video about creating custom DNA which led me to this:

The Registry is a collection of ~3200 genetic parts that can be mixed and matched to build synthetic biology devices and systems. Founded in 2003 at MIT, the Registry is part of the Synthetic Biology community’s efforts to make biology easier to engineer. It provides a resource of available genetic parts to iGEM teams and academic labs.

Partsregistry.org and see also: http://openwetware.org/wiki/Protocols

This is rather neat, if a little scary. I just hope we can progress safely without jeopardising billions of years of evolutionary heritage. But nice one science, sharing information so well.

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