Genesis-DB: a database for autonomous laboratory systems.
SUMMARY: Artificial intelligence (AI)-driven laboratory automation-combining robotic labware and autonomous software agents-is a powerful trend in modern biology. We developed Genesis-DB, a database system designed to support AI-driven autonomous laboratories by providing software agents access to large quantities of structured domain information. In addition, we present a new ontology for modeling data and metadata from autonomously performed yeast microchemostat cultivations in the framework of the Genesis robot scientist system. We show an example of how Genesis-DB enables the research life cycle by modeling yeast gene regulation, guiding future hypotheses generation and design of experiments. Genesis-DB supports AI-driven discovery through automated reasoning and its design is portable, generic, and easily extensible to other AI-driven molecular biology laboratory data and beyond. AVAILABILITY AND IMPLEMENTATION: Genesis-DB code and installation instructions are available at the GitHub repository https://github.com/TW-Genesis/genesis-database-system.git. The database use case demo code and data are also available through GitHub (https://github.com/TW-Genesis/genesis-database-demo.git). The ontology can be downloaded here: https://github.com/TW-Genesis/genesis-ontology/releases/download/v0.0.23/genesis.owl. The ontology term descriptions (including mappings to existing ontologies) and maintenance standard operating procedures can be found at: https://github.com/TW-Genesis/genesis-ontology.