Evolution of Lab Techniques

Posted by Guest Blogger on Jun 21, 2016 10:30:00 AM

This post was contributed by guest blogger, Krissy Lyon, a PhD candidate in Neuroscience at Harvard University.

Just as computers, cell phones, and cars become more technologically advanced leaving earlier versions obsolete, the techniques we use in lab are replaced by improved versions that save both time and money. Yet, knowledge of historical techniques comes in handy whether you are perusing classic papers or are brainstorming new technological innovations. Let’s take a look at three historical techniques: southern blotting, restriction mapping, and sequencing gels, as well as their modern equivalents and see what we can learn from their evolution.

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Topics: Fun, Lab Tips, Techniques

Your Top Requested Plasmid in 2015!

Posted by Tyler Ford on Dec 30, 2015 10:30:00 AM

We’ve dug into the data from our repository to find our most requested plasmid in 2015. In line with all of the exciting developments surrounding CRISPR genome engineering in the past year, we're excited to announce that the plasmid most requested from the Addgene repository in 2015 was...

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Topics: Fun, Inside Addgene, CRISPR, pooled libraries

Addgene's Top 10 Blog Posts of 2015

Posted by Tyler Ford on Dec 7, 2015 1:00:00 PM

2015 has been an exciting year for the Addgene blog. We’ve released over 80 posts on a diverse array of topics pertinent to the research community, two eBooks (Management for Scientists and the Plasmids 101 2nd ed), and have started providing recorded interviews with Addgene community members. In addition we’ve experienced incredible growth with our readership expanding from ~10,000 users per month in November 2014 to ~30,000 users per month in November 2015.

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Topics: Fun

#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

Networking and Inspiring Young Scientists at Freshers Fairs

Posted by Emma Markham on Nov 17, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Have you ever heard of a Freshers Fair? If you’re from outside of Europe, the answer is probably no, but these fun and informative events are one of the main ways budding young scholars across Europe get introduced to the cultures and opportunities available to them at university.

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Topics: Career, Fun, Networking

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