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NEB, Benchling Collaborate on Tool for DNA Assembly

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – New England Biolabs and Benchling today said they are collaborating to simplify the design of cloning experiments using the Golden Gate Assembly method. 

The firms are launching a free online tool that will be available as part of Benchling's molecular biology app and as part of the NEB Golden Gate Assembly tool, which is used for assembling DNA fragments. 

NEB and Benchling's tool designs the Golden Gate reaction for the user, thereby minimizing the risk of incorrectly designed primers and overlaps, they said. Researchers input the DNA fragments they want to combine and the tool simulates the reaction, designs the primers, and generates the final construct. The researchers can adjust the design, export the results, and download a protocol. 

"We wanted to develop a tool that helps not just biologists currently working with the Golden Gate Assembly method, but also those who are using conventional cloning methods and looking to make the leap to a more powerful system," Benchling Co-founder and CEO Sajith Wickramasekara said in a statement. 

Financial and other terms of the deal were not disclosed.