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5 Science Rap Videos & Their Creator: Tom McFadden

Posted by Tyler Ford on Feb 9, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Science rap mastermind, Tom McFadden, recently worked with high school students in the bay area to create a plasmid rap video for us (If you’re new to plasmids, we highly recommend checking out the video). Tom has made many more Science rap videos to teach students around the globe and is pushing SciComm further with his new company, Science with Tom. In this podcast, we learn more about Tom and pick his brain for advice on how to dive into new forms of science communication.

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Topics: Interview, Science Communication, Podcast

MXS Chaining

Posted by Leila Haery on Feb 7, 2017 10:30:00 AM

High-throughput cloning, in a nutshell, is the systematic combination of different genetic sequences into plasmid DNA. In high throughput cloning techniques, although the specific sequences of the genetic elements may differ (e.g., a set of various mammalian promoters), the same cloning procedure can be used to incorporate each element into the final construct. This strategy can be used to build vectors with diverse functions, and thus, is used in many biological fields. In synthetic biology for example, high-throughput cloning can be used to combine the functions of different genetic elements to generate non-natural tools such as novel biological circuits or sensors. Given the expanding palette of fluorescent proteins and the availability of powerful imaging technologies, the combination of multiple fluorescent protein sequences to develop diverse fluorescent reporters is a useful application of high-throughput cloning. MXS Chaining is one such technique and has been used to produce complex fluorescent reporter constructs. These fluorescent reporters can be used to detect structure and protein localization, as well as cellular processes like gene expression and cell migration (Sladitschek and Neveu, 2015).

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Topics: Fluorescent Proteins, Plasmid Cloning

Plasmids 101: Environmental Plasmids

Posted by Jessica Welch on Jan 31, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Here at Addgene, we often refer to plasmids as lab or experimental tools. They certainly are very handy in research, but where did these tools come from and why do they exist in nature? Read on to learn more about environmental plasmids, and how they’ve helped us develop molecular biology tools for the lab.

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Topics: Plasmids 101, Microbiology

Plasmids: Simplified

Posted by Tyler Ford on Jan 20, 2017 10:26:04 AM

We recently worked with YouTuber, Tom McFadden, to create a Plasmid Rap and introduce newcomers to the world of plasmids. As part of this process, we sent Tom a primer on plasmids and some of the ways that they can be used. We present this primer to you now with the hope that you can use it to introduce plasmids to any novice molecular biologist. You can find much more information about plasmids and their uses in our Plasmids 101 series. Happy reading!

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Topics: Plasmids 101

Plasmids 101: Gateway Cloning

Posted by Maria Soriano on Jan 12, 2017 10:30:00 AM

When facing a cloning project, scientists are no longer limited to traditional restriction enzyme cloning. Instead, you can choose a molecular cloning technique that will work well with a given set of resources, time, and experimental needs. Since its invention in the late 1990s, Gateway cloning technology has become very popular as a rapid and highly efficient way to move DNA sequences into multiple vector systems. With the appropriate entry and destination vectors, one can use Gateway to clone a gene of interest into a variety of expression systems. Keep reading to learn more about the Gateway cloning method and its advantages.

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Topics: Plasmids 101, Plasmid Cloning

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