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SBOL version 2.1

November 3, 2016

Version 2.1 of the Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL version 2.1) has now been officially released, improving our means of representing biological designs. In addition to a bunch of little technical changes useful for implementation, the key changes with this release are:

  • You can describe how the nature of a biological component changes when it's used as part of a larger design.

  • It's simpler to mark up features of a design.

  • We filled in a bunch of missing terms for describing interactions between components.

  • You can describe the topology of components (e.g., circular vs. linear DNA)

I have some musings on the standards release process that I'd like to share later, but for now I just want to cheer and encourage people to update if they're using SBOL and consider adopting if they aren't yet.

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