DNA Submission

Send a Part Sample to the Registry

IMPORTANT! Sample submission is NOT a requirement for the competition for medals or awards! However if you would like to submit samples of your parts, please follow these directions.

You've designed new parts, added them to the Registry and are ready to send the sample DNA. You can start a new submission, or view a previous submission and track the progress as we receive it. Before starting, read the submission requirements and the submission kit instructions.

If you have any questions about part submissions, please contact hq (at) igem (dot) org.

All submissions must be sent directly from the team to the iGEM HQ address below, and not a third party. A valid tracking number must be provided.

Submission shipments must be declared and labeled as DNA (non-hazardous, non-regulated, non-infectious, for research purposes only). It is OK if your shipment gets stuck in customs, we will have your tracking number.

iGEM HQ will not accept any DNA at the Giant Jamboree. All submissions must ship from the team or lab's location.

Mailing Address

For All Teams and Labs

iGEM Teams wishing to send samples to the registry must ship their part samples with a tracking number. Teams and Labs should follow all shipping guidelines and requirements.

Mailing Address

Only for Teams and Labs in China

Additional details coming soon!



DNA Submission


Sample submission is no longer a competition requirement for iGEM teams. However, if you would like to submit samples, please read the following resources.

Requirements

Here's how part samples are sent to the Registry

Why pSB1C3?

Why do samples need to be shipped in pSB1C3?

Detailed Instructions

Instructions on how to fill out the Registry's submission form.

Submission Prep

Registry groups must follow iGEM's submission prep guidelines.


Have questions on requirements or shipping part samples? Check the FAQ or contact us at hq (at) igem . org .

Submission Requirements

You've added your part to the Registry, but before you send a DNA sample to the Registry, here are the Registry's requirements for documenting parts and preparing part samples for submission. If you do not follow these requirements your submission will not be accepted.

If you have questions or issues concerning the requirements, contact hq (at) igem (dot) org.



FAQ: Submission Requirements

What are the requirements for submitting a part sample to the Registry?

The requirements for submission...

Please see the Registry's submission requirements page for more information.

Why do parts sent to the Registry need to be BioBrick RFC10 or Type IIS compatible

iGEM and the Registry are built on standard parts which is vital to making biology easier (and more predictable) to engineer, for high school teams & university teams to research labs. It is also why iGEM has made BioBrick RFC10 and iGEM Type IIS compatibility a requirement; the parts that we receive from teams and labs can be used and assembled by everyone easily and reliably, without the need to substantially alter, experiment, or research alternate methods.


Does the Registry allow other Assembly Standards for parts?

For iGEM teams, only BioBrick RFC10 and iGEM Type IIS compatible parts will fulfill medal requirements and be eligible for awards.

However, you can add parts that aren't compatible with those two standards to the Registry. The Registry supports multiple assembly standards and is also open to integrating new ones. You can easily see what Registry supported assembly standards your part is compatible with, by taking a look at the Sequence & Features box.


My part is not BioBrick compatible

Before working with your part in the lab (characterizing/measuring), make sure it is BioBrick compatible. If not...

  • Synthesize your part to remove any illegal restriction sites, through synonymous substitutions (silent mutations).
  • Use site-specific mutagenesis to remove any illegal restriction sites, through synonymous substitutions (silent mutations).

Currently, the Registry only accepts parts samples that are BioBrick compatible. If you have questions about this requirement, please don't hesitate to contact iGEM HQ (hq (at) igem . org)! Contact us early and we may be able to address your concerns.


Why do my parts need to be submitted in pSB1C3

Having a shipping standard backbone lets the Registry receive and handle all parts in the same way: using the same growth conditions and quality control measures. With over 1000 new parts submitted each year, this improves our ability to handle, maintain, and test new parts. When anyone uses the part, they'll know exactly what to expect. They can easily unpackage it from the shipping plasmid backbone, and transfer it into a different backbone for a specific use.

Shipping in pSB1C3 ensures...

  • Your part sample will be flanked by the BioBrick prefix and suffix on the backbone
  • users can assemble these parts with 3A Assembly to build new devices and projects
  • The Registry can test and maintain all parts in the same way (sequence all parts using VF2 and VR primer sites).
  • pSB1C3 is a high-copy plasmid, which improves miniprep yields for parts
  • part samples can be easily moved from one plasmid backbone to another (for shipping, measurement, operation etc.)


My part cannot be submitted in pSB1C3 because of ______

First, contact iGEM HQ (hq (at) igem . org)! Contact us early and we may be able to address your concerns.

There may be a reason why a part sample cannot be submitted in pSB1C3. For example...

  • The part contains chloramphenicol resistance. Contact iGEM HQ first. You must use pSB1K3 instead.
  • The part is toxic to cells in a high copy plasmid backbone. Contact iGEM HQ first. You must use pSB3C5 instead.


My part is not meant to be used/operated in pSB1C3, can I use ______ instead

Unfortunately, no. Please remember, that the shipping standard backbone lets the Registry receive and handle all parts in the same way. In turn, when these samples are distributed to users, they'll know exactly what to expect. They can easily unpackage it from the shipping plasmid backbone, and transfer it into a different backbone for a specific use.


We've created a new plasmid backbone. How can we submit it to the Registry?

While the Registry does not specialize in plasmids, you can send your plasmid backbone with BBa_J04450, the Registry's default insert. Your plasmid backbone must be able to replicate in E. coli.

Please contact the Registry prior to plasmid backbone submission.

If you are an iGEM team planning on nominating a plasmid backbone for medals/awards, please be aware that the judging form system is looking specifically for parts.


Can we send part samples after the deadline?

There is no longer a shipping deadline for part samples for the 2019 Competition.

If you're an iGEM Lab, you can send part samples at anytime.