ACS Synthetic Biology chose to adopt the two current Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL) standards. The journal's author guidelines are being adjusted to state that genetic constructs should be depicted using SBOL Visual and that SBOL 2 is the preferred format for nucleic acid sequences.
- SBOL Visual, which I've written about a couple of times, gives a palette of symbols for making clear and precise diagrams of genetic regulatory networks, just like electronic symbols let us communicate clearly and precisely about circuits.
- SBOL 2, which I've also written about before, is a data model for communicating the full blueprints for a genetic design, both structure and function.
As a species, we've made the transition from guild craft to engineering discipline with stone and iron, with bridges and buildings, with electricity and even radiation. Step by step we are on our way to doing the same with biological organisms.