The following is a growing documentation of the BioBrick naming conventions.
BioBrick naming conventions
BBa = BioBrick [version] 'alpha'
|,||BBa_B... = Generic basic parts such as Terminators, DNA, and Ribosome Binding Sites|
|BBa_C... = Protein coding parts|
|BBa_E... = Reporter parts|
|BBa_F... = Signalling parts|
|BBa_G... = Primer parts|
|BBa_I... = IAP 2003, 2004 project parts|
|BBa_J... = iGEM project parts|
|BBa_M... = Tag parts|
|BBa_P... = Protein Generator parts|
|BBa_Q... = Inverter parts|
|BBa_R... = Regulatory parts|
|BBa_S... = Intermediate parts|
|BBa_V... = Cell strain parts|
|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).
- Put the part name in the Selected Part Name box.
- 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!