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How-to: 5 Steps to a Great Panel Discussion

Posted by Joanne Kamens on Oct 22, 2014 9:57:29 AM

This post was originally published on LinkedIn. Follow Addgene on LinkedIn for repository news and updates.

Panel discussions are becoming a ubiquitous format for events and sessions in scientific conferences. They can result in lively discussions with both panelists and audience fully engaged. They can also be dull and painful to sit through (imagine the entire audience playing Candy Crush or reading email). My advice is always "don't do it unless you can do it well" – even the smallest program. I don't mean have fancy food or a fantastic view (these are nice if you can afford them). I am talking about making sure the audience is interested, educated and talking as a result of the content. Here are some of my tips to organizing and running a memorable panel discussion.

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Topics: Career

A Scientist's Guide to Ebola

Posted by Kendall Morgan on Oct 16, 2014 11:01:00 AM

It’s pretty hard to escape news and fears of Ebola these days, as the infectious disease once limited to small pockets in Africa has spread to urban areas and across the ocean. A nurse in Dallas was the first to be infected in the United States while caring for a patient, despite wearing protective gear, and now comes news of a second Texas healthcare worker with symptoms. The World Health Organization says the number of new cases could rise to 10,000 a week within two months.

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Topics: News

Choosing Your Fluorescent Proteins for Multi-Color Imaging

Posted by Guest Blogger on Oct 9, 2014 11:00:00 AM

This post was contributed by Kurt Thorn of the Nikon Imaging Center at UCSF.

A common requirement for live cell imaging experiments is the ability to follow multiple fluorescently tagged species simultaneously. To do so with fluorescent protein labels requires multiple fluorescent proteins whose excitation and emission spectra differ sufficiently for them to be imaged in distinct fluorescent channels on the microscope. With the proliferation of fluorescent proteins in recent years, there are many fluorescent protein combinations that can be imaged together, but this also means that the choice of fluorescent proteins requires some thought.

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Topics: Lab Tips, Fluorescent Proteins

Future of Research Conference - Remarkable Opening Session

Posted by Joanne Kamens on Oct 7, 2014 11:00:00 AM


It was with a sense of relief that I attended the amazing, postdoc-driven Future of Research Conference at Boston University last week.  This fantastic city-wide effort was led by two amazing postdocs, Kristin Krukenberg and Jessica Polka from Harvard Medical School and a long list of supporters from all of the research centers in Boston.  I was relieved because it finally feels to me like the postdocs are taking some steps to control their own future in science (see my previous blog on this).  Indeed, that was a primary message delivered by many of the speakers.  As Dr. Polka said as she started things off, “We are all capable of contributing to change.” 

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Topics: Career

ICYMI: Addgene’s Plasmids 101 eBook

Posted by Marcy Patrick on Oct 2, 2014 1:25:00 PM

We'd like to thank all of the contributing Addgenies that made this eBook possible: Melina Fan, Matthew Ferenc, Larissa Haliw, A. Max Juchheim, Caroline LaManna, Margo Monroe, Kendall Morgan, Jason Niehaus, Marcy Patrick, Lianna Swanson, Julian Taylor-Parker

We'd also like to thank our guest contributor: Gal Haimovich of for helping us explain why things glow!

Addgene's Plasmids 101 eBook is here: Enjoy more time developing clever experiments and less time researching basic plasmid features – download the Addgene Plasmids 101 eBook!

Our goal was to create a one-stop reference guide for plasmids. We’ve combined our Plasmids 101 blog posts from the last year with some additional resources to create one downloadable PDF you can save to your desktop for easy reference. Highlights include our guide to fluorescent proteins, information about promoters and ORIs, and tips for naming your plasmids.  

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Topics: Plasmid Elements, Lab Tips, Plasmids 101

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