SynBioHub: A Standards-Enabled Design Repository for Synthetic Biology

ACS Synth Biol. 2018 Feb 16;7(2):682-688. doi: 10.1021/acssynbio.7b00403. Epub 2018 Jan 30.


The SynBioHub repository ( ) is an open-source software project that facilitates the sharing of information about engineered biological systems. SynBioHub provides computational access for software and data integration, and a graphical user interface that enables users to search for and share designs in a Web browser. By connecting to relevant repositories (e.g., the iGEM repository, JBEI ICE, and other instances of SynBioHub), the software allows users to browse, upload, and download data in various standard formats, regardless of their location or representation. SynBioHub also provides a central reference point for other resources to link to, delivering design information in a standardized format using the Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL). The adoption and use of SynBioHub, a community-driven effort, has the potential to overcome the reproducibility challenge across laboratories by helping to address the current lack of information about published designs.

Keywords: SBOL; Synthetic Biology Open Language; data standards; database; repository; sharing; web of registries.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Factual*
  • Programming Languages*
  • Synthetic Biology*
  • Web Browser*