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Reaching out to China: Canton Nucleic Acids Forum (CNAF) 2015

Posted by Joanne Kamens on Dec 1, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Having never been to China myself, I was pleased to be able to participate when the organizers of the Canton Nucleic Acids Forum (CNAF) 2015 conference invited me to attend and speak about Addgene’s experience helping scientists share plasmids, especially those of the CRISPR variety (see slides from my talk below). Largely organized by Dmitry Samarsky, and a very welcoming team from China’s Ribobio, the illustrious speaker list attracted a host of sponsors based all over the world. With three Nobel Prize winners, one NIH Director and a co-founder of BGI-China presenting, it’s no wonder it was attended by over 300 Chinese scientists eager to hear current findings in nucleic acid science. I was delighted to see that the majority of attendees were scientists still working at the bench. It was a fantastic opportunity to talk to so many scientists who were potential Addgene requestors and depositors. China is in one of the top 10 countries in number of plasmid requests from Addgene.

Check out Joanne's Reddit AMA

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Topics: Scientific Sharing, Inside Addgene

#DeckTheLab to Win a Tasty Winter Treat This Holiday Season

Posted by Jane Hannon on Nov 30, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Here at Addgene we’re getting into the holiday spirit and we hope you are, too! Bluegene is eager to decorate the lab but his short arms are causing him some difficulty…

To give him some inspiration, we’d love to see how you’re decorating your lab for the upcoming wintertime festivities!

Help us spread some cheer by snapping a photo of you and your labmates celebrating the holidays and tweeting it with the tags #DeckTheLab and @Addgene. Christmas, Hanukkah, ugly sweaters, Flannel Fridays, Festivus— you name it, we want to see it. 

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Topics: Fun

Thoughts on the Future of Research 2015 Boston Symposium

Posted by Tyler Ford on Nov 25, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Addgene recently attended and sponsored the Future of Research (FOR) Boston Symposium 2015. I personally participated as a member of the Career Paths Panel on the second day of the symposium and live tweeted throughout the event (look for a ton of tweets from the Symposium under #FORBOS15) - my first time live tweeting: a fun and surprisingly exhausting experience. As Addgene believes many of the topics discussed during the symposium will prove incredibly important to the stability of the biological research enterprise going forward, in this post I’ll point out some of the highlights and takeaways I got from the symposium.

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Topics: Career Readiness

Teaching an Old DOG New Tricks: Controlling Protein Activity with GFP

Posted by Mary Gearing on Nov 24, 2015 10:30:00 AM

At Addgene, we love GFP, and we’re always excited when depositors find new ways to make this workhorse protein even more useful! From FPs optimized for oxidizing environments to photoconvertible variants, it seems like GFP is always learning new things. Now, work from Connie Cepko’s lab allow researchers to activate transcription or Cre recombinase activity only in the presence of GFP. These systems, known as T-DDOG and Cre-DOG, respectively, repurpose popular GFP reporter lines for more sophisticated experimental manipulations, saving the time and money needed to develop new lines.

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Topics: Plasmid Technology, Synthetic Biology, Fluorescent Proteins, Cre-lox

Illuminating Epigenetics with A FRET Based Biosensor

Posted by Emma Markham on Nov 19, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Epigenetics has recently been hitting the headlines, with sotires like the potential devastation of the palm oil industry through epigenetic effects on the Cover of Nature. So what is epigenetics and what tools are available to study it?

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Topics: Hot Plasmids, Fluorescent Proteins, Techniques

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