Help:Nav/Part Main Page

We'll discuss an example of a part's main page here, highlighting all the useful information that you may need when you've found an interesting part.

Part Pages


  • The Main Page acts as the hub for a part. It should contain information necessary to use a part: information, measurements, and characterization so that users know what the part is and how it works. All users can contribute to this page.
  • The Design page contains information on how the part was designed (design process) and also includes its sequence and features box by default.
  • The Experience page has information from users about the part. This may come in the form of a simple "this works/doesn't work," or an in-depth review. If you've used a part, be sure to share your experience. If you intend to use a part, you should check to see if others have had any experience with it.
  • The Information page has editable elements for the part that classify and organize it within the Registry's database; this includes the short description, part type, categories, parameters, etc. Members belonging to the part's author's group are able to edit these elements.
  • The Part Tools menu has various software tools that integrate with the part you're viewing.

Part Identification

  • The Part Name is the official name for a part, used throughout the Registry. It is the correct way to identify your part. Ex: BBa_R0051
  • The Part's Submitter details the designer(s), the group (iGEM lab or team), and when it was submitted.
  • The Part Type/Function shows a symbol for the part's type and description of function. Ex: Promoter Symbol / Regulatory
  • The Part Status Box shows the status and availability of a part's sample. Possible statuses include: In Stock, It's Complicated, Not in stock. It also shows the number of uses and twins the part has.
  • The Get This Part page will show the physical location(s) for a part and a summary of its quality control results. If you've found an interesting Available part you'll want to click on this page before requesting parts.

Description and Data


  • The Short Description is usually the biological or technical short hand of the part. Ex: promoter (lambda cl regulated).
  • The Description is a general section, where you may find a biological or technical description of the part, the suitable requirements the part needs to properly function, and any data or characterization from experiments.
  • The Sequence and Features Box may be displayed on the Main Page. See below.

Sequence and Features

  • The Format changes the display of the sequence information.
    • The Subparts option will display all subparts that belong to the part (for composite parts only)
    • The Ruler option will map out the features of a part along a base pair ruler.
    • The SS option will display the sequence as a single strand.
    • The DS option will display the sequence as double stranded.
  • The Length displays the bp length of the part. Ex. Length: 49bp
  • The View plasmid is a third-party tool from [ LabGenius] which shows you how the part and plasmid backbones look as circular DNA.
  • The Get part sequence will output the part's sequence as text-only.
  • The Assembly Compatibility checks that a part will meet the requirements for the Registry's supported assembly standards. It will show if there are any illegal restriction sites for a part. Note: All parts submitted to the Registry for competition evaluation (medal criteria, awards) must be BioBrick (RFC[10] compatible or Type IIS (RFC[1000], unless an exemption has been given.

Note: The Sequence and Features can be edited by going to Tools > Edit Sequence and Features

Categories and Parameters

  • The Parameters box displays the submitter-decided parameters for the part. See the Information page for more information.
  • The Categories box displays the submitter-decided categories for the part, which affect its organization within the Registry's Catalog. See the Information page for more information.

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