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Requests for Comments (RFCs)


The BioBricks Foundation is dedicated to promoting and protecting the open development, sharing, and reuse of BioBrick[TM] standard biological parts. Taking inspiration from the Internet Engineering Task Force, the BioBricks Foundation has implemented a Request for Comments process. A BioBricks Foundation Request for Comments, abbreviated RFC, is a short document that is intended for review by the rest of the synthetic biology community.

A BBF RFC might

  • propose a standard
  • describe best practices or protocols
  • provide information
  • comment, extend, or replace an earlier RFC

BBF RFC's are static documents or digital objects like videos intended to get an idea, proposed standard, or method out to the rest of the community for comment. BBF RFC's are numbered, for ease of referencing, and the numbers are assigned by the BioBricks Foundation.

Recent Submissions

  • Husser, Mathieu; Narcross, Lauren; Sundarakrishnan, Adithi (2017-08-24)
    This Request For Comments (RFC) describes a new expression vector based on the pET expression system and designed for BioBrick RFC25 parts. This design includes all the features of pET expression vectors with a new origin ...
  • Beal, Jacob; Cox, Robert Sidney; Grünberg, Raik; McLaughlin, James; Nguyen, Tramy; Macklin, Chris; Bissell, Michael; Madsen, Curtis; Roehner, Nicholas; Oberortner, Ernst; Misirli, Goksel; Clancy, Kevin; Pocock, Matthew; Zhang, Zhen; Myers, Chris; Zhang, Michael; Samineni, Meher; Zundel, Zach; Bartley, Bryan; Choi, Kiri; Gennari, John H.; Sauro, Herbert (2016-11-10)
    The Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL) has been developed as a standard to support the specification and exchange of biological design information.
  • Bartley, Bryan; Beal, Jacob; Clancy, Kevin; Misirli, Goksel; Roehner, Nicholas; Sauro, Herbert; Oberortner, Ernst; Madsen, Curtis; Pocock, Matthew; Wipat, Anil; Nguyen, Tramy; Zhang, Zhen; Myers, Chris; Gennari, John H.; Bissell, Michael (2015-09-07)
    The Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL) has been developed as a standard to support the specification and exchange of biological design information in synthetic biology, filling a need not satisfied by other pre-existing ...
  • Haddock, Traci L.; Densmore, Douglas M.; Appleton, Evan; Carr, Swati; Iverson, Sonya; De Freitas, Monique; Jin, Shawn; Awtry, Jake; Desai, Devina; Lozanoski, Thomas; Shah, Pooja; Agarwal, Yash; Lewis, Kathleen; Pacheco, Alan (2015-08-28)
    This RFC94 describes an assembly standard based on the Type IIS restriction enzymes BsaI and BbsI (also called BpiI). This assembly standard is based upon the Modular Cloning (MoClo) assembly strategy, which was introduced ...
  • Beal, Jacob; Endy, Drew; Grewal, David; Johnson, Richard; Kahl, Linda (2015-08-28)
    In this BioBricks Foundation Request for Comments (BBF RFC), we update and clarify the copyright and licensing notice of BBF RFC documents.