Part Names

The following is a growing documentation of the BioBrick naming conventions.

BioBrick naming conventions

General

BBa = BioBrick [version] 'alpha'

Part Types

Part icon terminator.png , Part icon dna.png BBa_B... = Generic basic parts such as Terminators, DNA, and Ribosome Binding Sites
Part icon cds.png BBa_C... = Protein coding parts
Part icon reporter.png BBa_E... = Reporter parts
Part icon signalling.png BBa_F... = Signalling parts
Part icon primer.png BBa_G... = Primer parts
BBa_I... = IAP 2003, 2004 project parts
BBa_J... = iGEM project parts
Part icon tag.png BBa_M... = Tag parts
Part icon generator.png BBa_P... = Protein Generator parts
Part icon inverter.png BBa_Q... = Inverter parts
Part icon regulatory.png BBa_R... = Regulatory parts
Part icon intermediate.png BBa_S... = Intermediate parts
Part icon cell.png BBa_V... = Cell strain parts

Plasmids

Part icon plasmid.png Plasmids have their own nomenclature

Naming your bricks

When you are adding a BioBrick to the Registry, you will need to do the following:

Choose a part name. Currently, most Registry users belong to a Group of some type, e.g., Guests, or one of the iGEM teams. The Registry accession numbers are assigned in blocks to these groups. For example, the iGEM Toronto team (see below) has been assigned block BBa_J11000 to BBa_J11999. The first step to creating a new part is knowing what you are going to name it, since this will categorize the part into one of the group bins. The Registry shows the next available part name, although any part name in range is valid. If you want the other members of the group to be able to edit the part, click the checkbox that allows this (optional). Basic part name.jpg

  1. Put the part name in the Selected Part Name box.
  2. Choose the best Part Type from the pull down menu.

Note: Don't sweat this too much, just choose which category one might best describe your piece, tack on the corresponding naming convention. If you aren't sure what type of part it is, choose "Other". You can always update this later.(see below) and then go ahead and make it!