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Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, an affiliated corporation of Virginia Tech, announced today that the International Society for Computational Biology has been granted an open source license to the GenoCAD source code.

“The partnership with the ISCB provides a framework allowing developers from different institutions to collaborate toward the development of a common code base without having to worry about intellectual property issues,” said Jean Peccoud an associate professor at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech.

GenoCAD is a web-based Computer Assisted Design environment for synthetic biology. GenoCAD is one of the first Computer Assisted Design systems for synthetic DNA sequences. The software provides a sequence builder function that guides users through the process of designing a new genetic construct from a database of standard genetic parts.

According to the press statement, “Virginia Tech and ISCB have jointly determined that the system of licensing agreements developed by the Apache Software Foundation provides a suitable framework to distribute software, accept regular contributions from individuals and corporations, and to accept larger grants of existing software like GenoCAD.”

The open source development of GenoCAD is hosted on SourceForge (

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