Gene Whiz: Gene Construction Kit 2 (GCK2) from Textco, Inc.

Textco Inc. a software company based in West Lebanon, N.H., has introduced an updated version of its Gene Construction Kit for the design and tracking of complex plasmids. This version incorporates a number of features not contained in the original version, many of which were suggested by users. The original Gene Construction Kit, released in 1990, was given a perfect 10 rating by Biotechnology Software and Internet Journal for the "wealth of functions for publication quality graphics, database

The Scientist Staff
Nov 9, 1997

Textco Inc. a software company based in West Lebanon, N.H., has introduced an updated version of its Gene Construction Kit for the design and tracking of complex plasmids. This version incorporates a number of features not contained in the original version, many of which were suggested by users.

The original Gene Construction Kit, released in 1990, was given a perfect 10 rating by Biotechnology Software and Internet Journal for the "wealth of functions for publication quality graphics, database tracking of constructs and an interface that is intuitive" according to Kevin Ahern, editor. It was also awarded "Best Mac Plasmid Mapping Software" in 1996 by the same journal.


History of ligation event illustratd with GCK2 (courtesy of Kurt Sims, University of Calgary)
The Gene Construction Kit allows for the manipulation of DNA sequences through a graphical interface, which
  • automatically tracks DNA fragment ends during cutting and pasting
  • marks restriction sites using...

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