The creative activity of the GenoCon2 Special programming challenge is to “mine” GenoCon2 data mashups by looking for new associations and genes with interesting or useful expression patterns.
Examples can include sets of genes that are all expressed in the same growth condition, at the same time of day, and/or in the same part of the plant. We provide basic functions and example workflows which show how to look for a gene expression property (e.g. highly expressed in leaf tissue in young plants) and retrieve the functional DNA sequences to add to a synthetic promoter design.
We will judge submitted functions based on their novelty, usefulness, and implementation. With social networking participants can discuss programming functions, find out which functions the DNA designers with more biological experience would like to have, and even share code under development. We encourage group participation, and our system automatically tracks the history of code forking so credit can be given to all contributors.
If you want to learn more about making your own biological design program, how our data is structured, how to submit and test your program, or anything else about the programming challenge please head over to our manuals section for more details!