Built on Standard Biological Parts

iGEM and the Registry is built on standard biological parts. A standard biological part is a functional unit of DNA that encodes for a specific biological function (like a promoter, protein coding region, etc).

Parts are standardized so that they can be easily assembled and used efficiently to develop biological systems in living cells. When a part is standardized it can easily be moved from one plasmid backbone to another for operation, assembly, measurement, or storage

Standardized parts are a key component to the Registry's philosophy: Get, Give & Share.

See the full Help Page for more information.

Search/Browse the Registry

The search tools & catalog help users understand, use and contribute to the Registry and the iGEM community. They are a good starting point to see what the Registry has to offer: see examples of high quality parts, find useful parts for a device, get ideas for a project, create new & novel parts, etc.

  • Know the part name (ex: BBa_E0040)? Type it into the search field on the Registry menu above, and go directly to the part's main page.
  • Hover over the gray triangle next to the search field for the full search drop down menu, which has multiple search options (Google site search, Registry text search, Part Range, etc).
  • Hover over the Catalog menu, to see the full catalog, browse by part type, curated collections, and more.

Part Main Page

You've found an interesting part on the Registry (ex: BBa_R0051): here are resources to help navigate and understand the part's documentation on the Registry.

Part Samples

A sample is the physical DNA for a part. Users submit samples for parts to the Registry, where they get added to the Repository and are run through quality control measures.

A single part may have several samples in the Registry's Repository. Users can find samples in the distribution kit or by request. Here are resources on how to find and evaluate a part sample.

Add a Part

You're ready to add a new part to the Registry! The Basic and Composite Part tutorials will take you through the adding a new sequence (luxC coding region from Vibrio fischeri) to the Registry.

Additionally, there are some resources on how to get started and important requirements.

Working in the Lab (Wetlab)

You're ready to work with parts in the lab! Here are some Registry resources, including Registry recommended protocols, to help get you started.

Contributing to the Registry

Sample submission of parts is no longer a requirement for the iGEM competition. Also, iGEM HQ can no longer accept shipment of samples. Please do not ship any samples to our offices. Information in regards to shipping of samples to iGEM HQ has been kept solely for archival and consistency purposes.

Parts must still be documented on the Registry and follow the guidelines/requirements of the iGEM competition.

You've added your part, worked on it in the lab, and now you're ready to send a sample to the Registry.
Sample submission is no longer a requirement for the iGEM competition.

However, if you are submitting a sample, don't forget...