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Caroline LaManna

Caroline is currently the Associate Director of Marketing & Scientific Outreach at Addgene. She received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University. Her goal is to make it easier for scientists to share reagents, communicate their research to others, and teach science in the community.

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We've Launched Addgene's New & Improved Website!

Posted by Caroline LaManna on Nov 19, 2014 10:10:53 AM

We have lift off! You may have noticed a new friendly face on our website this morning announcing the launch of our new website. We are excited to finally bring you our new and improved website. We’ve been working diligently over the past month to design a site that is easier to navigate and helps you more effectively find the plasmids (and plasmid cloning information) that you’re looking for. 

I’ve put together a few screenshots below to show you just some of our new features, but the best way for you to see what’s changed is to head over to the upgraded Addgene website and explore for yourself. Don’t worry – it’s the same URL you’ve been using for years, so I promise you won’t get lost!

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Topics: Inside Addgene, News

Fueled by Coffee at #SfN14

Posted by Caroline LaManna on Nov 18, 2014 2:15:14 PM

I have an important question: How much coffee does it take to fuel more than 30,000 neuroscientists over a 5 day conference? I feel like here at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington, D.C., we must be making a dent in the global coffee supply… My back-of-the-napkin calculations put the daily consumption here at ~ 60,000 cups of coffee per day if everyone drinks 2 cups per day – which would mean ~ 300,000 cups of coffee would be consumed throughout the entire 5 day event. Though, to be fair, I think this is a conservative estimate. As a graduate student, I drank 3-4 cups of coffee a day, and I had colleagues who were much more wired. Here at #SfN14 there are thousands of posters being fueled by highly caffeinated grad students and postdocs, which accounts for many, many lattes and espressos.

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Topics: Fun, CRISPR

Countdown to Halloween @Addgene

Posted by Caroline LaManna on Oct 29, 2014 1:26:27 PM

Halloween is only 2 days away and here at Addgene we couldn’t be more excited! As a small, tight-knit organization we thrive on 3 things: fun, teamwork, and competition. And our Halloween celebration this Friday will combine all of these.

Addgenies have been organizing Halloween festivities for years – searching our photo archives I found pictures back through 2009, though I suspect that our costume contests were indeed occurring earlier but that the photo evidence was destroyed to protect the innocent revelers. Our Halloween costume contests have become an annual tradition in which we choose our teams and start brainstorming months in advance. Our teams comb the news (pop culture events of the past year obviously make for good costumes), science and our plasmid collection (what science has been hot this year and how do you creatively turn it into an outfit?), and of course there’s always nostalgia (old board games and movies can provide great character costumes).

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Topics: Fun, Inside Addgene

Sharing Your Lab Protocols: Using Apps to Save Time & Track Your Experiments

Posted by Caroline LaManna on Sep 23, 2014 11:05:27 AM

Recently I learned that Addgene’s pLKO.1 cloning protocol is viewed around 3,000 times each month. I looked this up after trying out the new protocols.io beta platform for sharing, annotating, and storing life science protocols. Since we began sharing this protocol on the Addgene website in December 2006, the pLKO.1-TRC cloning vector (deposited by David Root of the Broad Institute) has consistently been one of the repository’s most frequently requested plasmids. I wondered how many scientists have used the protocol for this plasmid, and if it still being used. After learning of it's continued popularity, I decided this protocol would be a worthy first contribution to the protocols.io community.

Did I mention that this protocol is being used around the world? In the last month it’s been viewed by users in the US, China, India, Canada, the UK, South Korea, and beyond!

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Topics: Scientific Sharing

CRISPR-Cas9 FAQs Answered!

Posted by Caroline LaManna on Mar 13, 2014 12:08:00 PM

As Kendall mentioned in Tuesday's blog post, keeping up with the newest CRISPR technologies and their applications can be exhausting. A quick search for "CRISPR", short-hand for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, in Pubmed returned 728 articles (3/12/2014). With so many options for CRISPR plasmid tools and numerous experimental design decisions to make, it makes sense that scientists, many of whom are venturing into genome editing for the first time, have lots of questions.

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Topics: Plasmid Technology, Genome Engineering, Lab Tips, CRISPR

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