My name is Nade Sritanyaratana and I’m one of the members of the 2008 Cal iGEM Computational Tools Team! Mouthful, I know. I’m a 3rd year undergraduate at Berkeley in Bioengineering, and (to those wondering about Cal life) it’s been an amazing three years. I’ve been holding back on posting on the blog, because during the time we gained access to the blog our team was mad crazy programming to prepare for our testing sessions (which have just passed).
A little bit about our project. For those techies that want to know about the infrastructure as well, you can go here: http://biocad-server.eecs.berkeley.edu/wiki/index.php/Clotho_Development
For everyone else, here’s the quick description :). Synthetic biology is getting large. Very large. There are now so many biological DNA parts in various databases that it’s getting very difficult to organize them all. And there are a growing number of computer programs out there that edit DNA sequences, provide different ways of looking at DNA (other than your standard ACTG), etc. Our project hopes to consolidate all these tools into one nice working environment, kind of the same way Adobe Photoshop brings together many tools for a consolidated imaging program.
What can you expect from my posts? Lots of pictures. And if coding doesn’t keep me busy (as it already does), then hopefully a balanced amount of writing. I won’t write as much as the two under me, and I’ve got to admit they’re more amazing with this blog than I. Keep tuned for my next post (which will probably come up in the next few minutes) for pictures of my team, and pictures of our first two testing sessions.