"Across the bay from City College, a University of California, Berkeley iGEM team was building a piece of computer software that allowed it to design genetic parts by dragging and dropping DNA sequences together on the screen. Then, with the click of a button, the software fed instructions to a liquid-handling robot in their lab that executed various reactions and assembled each genetic part they needed. It was like when you line up songs on iTunes and burn the playlist on a CD. “We’re making way more DNA’s than we ever have before, and we couldn’t have done it without the robot,” the
Berkeley team’s adviser told me. "
The City College instructor, Dirk VandePol, was on the Berkeley wet team in 2008.