Over at Freelancing Science, Pawe³ Szczêsny has a post on BioBricks -- or the modules listed with the MIT Registry of Standard Biological Parts. Szczêsny says he "fell in love with the idea" of the project, but suggests a couple of improvements: first, that modules be made of more than just DNA (expanding to proteins and more) and grouped by functional roles.

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