Notes on “Optimal encoding rules for synthetic genes: the need for a community effort”

September 30, 2008

Optimal encoding rules for synthetic genes: the need for a community effort: Gang Wu, Laura Dress and Steven J Freeland.

The gist: Many researchers try to make artificial genes. Most human-made mutations to genes lead nowhere, and most of the time, we don’t know why. Many researchers have made software to assist in this research, but there is little cooperation between competing groups. Researchers should cooperate on standards and technologies, making their work available via web services.

The opinion: It isn’t clear that this is a feasible request. If indeed there is room to share code and standards, the authors would do well to ship code instead of talking about how others should cooperate.

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