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Dna Cauldron

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Dna Cauldron (complete documentation `here <>`_)
is a Python library to simulate restriction-based assembly operations.
You provide a set of parts and receptor vectors and Dna Cauldron will compute the
assembli(es) that could result from the mix.

Dna Cauldron was written with Synthetic Biology applications in mind (typically,
batches of parts-based assemblies).

It is simple to use, plays well with BioPython, can import and export Genbank
(it conserves all features), and provides ways to select particular
constructs when dealing with large combinatorial assemblies.

**Try it online !** Too lazy to use the library programmatically ?
It is available
`here <>`_
as a web service.


You can install DnaCauldron through PIP

.. code:: shell

sudo pip install dnacauldron

Alternatively, you can unzip the sources in a folder and type

.. code:: shell

sudo python install

It works better with the Networkx development version, that you install with

.. code:: shell

sudo pip3 install git+


Single assembly

To assemble several parts and a receptor plasmid into a single construct,
use `single_assembly`. The parts can be provided either as paths to genbank
files or as Biopython records. Dna Cauldron returns a Biopython record of the
final assembly, and (optionally) writes it to a Genbank file.

.. code:: python

from dnacauldron.utils import single_assembly
final_construct = single_assembly(
parts=["", "", "", ""],
receptor="", # Receptor plasmid for the final assembly
outfile="", # Name of the output
enzyme="BsmBI" # enzyme used for the assembly

Combinatorial assembly

The following example imports parts from Genbank files and outputs all
possible outcomes of BsmBI-based Golden-Gate assembly as new genbank files
``, ``, etc. We ignore the final assemblies containing a BsmBI site
as these are unstable.

.. code:: python

from Bio import SeqIO # for exporting to Genbank
from dnacauldron import (RestrictionLigationMix, NoRestrictionSiteFilter,
enzyme = "BsmBI"
filters = [NoRestrictionSiteFilter(enzyme)]
parts_files = ["", "", "", "", "",
parts = [load_genbank(filename, linear=False) for filename in parts_files]
mix = RestrictionLigationMix(parts, enzyme)
assemblies = mix.compute_circular_assemblies(seqrecord_filters=filters)
for i, assembly in enumerate(assemblies):
SeqIO.write(assembly, os.path.join("..", "" % i), "genbank")

Full Assembly report

DNA Cauldron also implements routine to generate reports on the assemblies,
featuring the resulting constructs (in genbank and PDF format) as well as
figures for verifying that the parts assembled as expected and help troubleshoot
if necessary.

The following code produces a structured directory with various reports:

.. code:: python

import dnacauldron as dc
parts = [
dc.load_genbank("", linear=False, name="PartA"),
dc.load_genbank("", linear=False, name="PartB"),
dc.load_genbank("", linear=False, name="Receptor"),
dc.full_assembly_report(parts, target="./my_report", enzyme="BsmBI",
max_assemblies=40, fragments_filters='auto',

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How it works

Dna Cauldron simulates enzyme digestions and computes sticky ends, then generates
a graph of the fragments that bind together, and explores circular paths in this graph
(which correspond to circular constructs), an idea also used in
`PyDNA <>`_ and first
described in `Pereira et al. Bioinf. 2015 <>`_ .
DNA Cauldron adds methods to deal with combinatorial assemblies,
selecting constructs based on a marker, routines for report generation, etc.


Dna Cauldron is an open-source software originally written at the `Edinburgh Genome Foundry
<>`_ by `Zulko <>`_
and `released on Github <>`_ under the MIT licence (¢ Edinburgh Genome Foundry).
Everyone is welcome to contribute !

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