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Synthetic biology open language visual (SBOL visual) version 3.0.

Baig, H; Myers, C; McLaughlin, J; Scott-Brown, J; Vaidyanathan, P; Gorochowski, T; Misirli, G; Beal, J; Fontanarossa, P

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H Baig

C Myers

J McLaughlin

J Scott-Brown

P Vaidyanathan

T Gorochowski

J Beal

P Fontanarossa


People who engineer biological organisms often find it useful to draw diagrams in order to communicate both the structure of the nucleic acid sequences that they are engineering and the functional relationships between sequence features and other molecular species. Some typical practices and conventions have begun to emerge for such diagrams. SBOL Visual aims to organize and systematize such conventions in order to produce a coherent language for expressing the structure and function of genetic designs. This document details version 3.0 of SBOL Visual, a new major revision of the standard. The major difference between SBOL Visual 3 and SBOL Visual 2 is that diagrams and glyphs are defined with respect to the SBOL 3 data model rather than the SBOL 2 data model. A byproduct of this change is that the use of dashed undirected lines for subsystem mappings has been removed, pending future determination on how to represent general SBOL 3 constraints; in the interim, this annotation can still be used as an annotation. Finally, deprecated material has been removed from collection of glyphs: the deprecated "insulator" glyph and "macromolecule" alternative glyphs have been removed, as have the deprecated BioPAX alternatives to SBO terms.


Baig, H., Myers, C., McLaughlin, J., Scott-Brown, J., Vaidyanathan, P., Gorochowski, T., …Fontanarossa, P. (2021). Synthetic biology open language visual (SBOL visual) version 3.0. Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics,

Acceptance Date Aug 26, 2021
Publication Date Oct 20, 2021
Journal Journal of integrative bioinformatics
Print ISSN 1613-4516
Publisher De Gruyter
Keywords diagrams; SBOL visual; standards
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