Synthace announces the release of Antha, the open source language for biology

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Antha is a language developed at Synthace to enable the rapid development, execution, and analysis of complex biological experiments.  Synthace is now releasing this language to the global community so that everyone can benefit from robust, reproducible and shareable biological experimentation. Antha elements are not locked into equipment from any single manufacturer, and can be executing both using existing laboratory automation, or manually, enabling users in a wide range of environments.

Find out more at http://antha-lang.org

Antha breaks biological experimentation into reusable elements, which can be rapidly composed into workflows ranging from sequencing and DNA assembly to full organism engineering pipelines. Individual elements can be exchanged and replaced easily, enabling improved protocols to be immediately dropped into existing workflows. Experimental results are automatically associated with how the experiment was conducted, enabling the dissemination of data alongside the methods that produced them.

Synthace will also be providing a library of robustly characterized Antha elements covering synthetic biology workflows, including DNA assembly, transformation, and standard assays. This library of generic and microbial workflows will be joined by mammalian cell protocols next year. Antha can already control equipment from several major liquid handling vendors, with a pipeline of additional instruments coming over the next months.

Synthace CEO Dr Tim Fell said “We are convinced that biotechnologies have the potential to transform our world for the better.  To catalyse this, we must ensure that as a community the ways we work are completely transferrable and reliable so all can benefit from our collective knowledge.”

Synthace Founder and CTO Sean Ward said “The critical thing is that once one person has made a biological process work and encoded it in Antha, it’s then a problem that is solved for everyone, for ever. Achieving the aspirations of synthetic biology is only possible by sitting atop a foundation which allows everyone to grow and disseminate new ways of working”