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Thermo Fisher Licenses Atum Gene Design Software

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Atum, formerly DNA2.0, announced today that it has licensed its novel gene design platform to Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Atum released Gene Designer 2.0 software in 2005. According to the firm, the technology captures the entire gene design process in one efficient application, using a range of design tools including various algorithms for in silico cloning, codon optimization, and primer design, as well as customizable database storage.

"Gene Designer 2.0 represents sequence elements as icons, and features a drag and drop function that is crucial for avoiding errors that creep in during cut-and-paste operations, when one nucleotide missed can destroy the function of the entire construct," Alan Villalobos, Atum's vice president of synthetic biology, said in a statement.

Additional details of the licensing deal were not disclosed.