Laboratory management software is not a requisite for a functioning lab, but it is for a scaleable lab. When you need to track the location, quality, growth, and legal status of thousands of plasmids a day, like we do at Addgene, pen and paper will fail you. The benefits of lab management software aren’t just limited to large volume facilities; it can be useful in academic labs where postdocs, students, and lab mates are coming and going frequently - an environment ripe for valuable work and materials to slip through the cracks.In this post we’ll highlight some of the lessons we’ve learned over the years with the hope that our insights can help steer you in the right direction when writing your own software. None of this is gospel, but we think it's worth consideration.
We’ve recently begun expanding our presence in the microbiology community. For our first concrete steps into this field, we’ve curated microbiology plasmids from the repository onto one handy Microbiology Resource page and, just a few weeks ago, we attended the American Society for Microbiology's annual meeting (ASM Microbe 2016) for the first time. Our goals at the meeting were to network with scientists in this diverse and exciting field and to find out how we can serve them better. Here’s a little bit of what we learned.
As we mentioned a few months ago, Addgene has been working with Seeding Labs to provide plasmid grants to researchers in developing countries. Today we’re proud to announce that we’ve selected our first two plasmid grant awardees: Drs Louis Bengyella and Kwabena O. Duedu, both from the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ghana. Read on to learn more about doctors Bengyella and Duedu and how they plan to use plasmids from Addgene to advance their research.
Addgene will be at the American Society for Microbiology Microbe meeting here in Boston next week - be sure to come by booth #851 and say hello! Just in time for this meeting, Addgene is launching a new resource page for the Microbiology community. On our new curated Microbiology Collection page, you can browse for plasmids by species and find our guides, plasmid kits and other resources for microbial research.
This post was written jointly by Addgenies Brook Pyhtila and Nicole Waxmonsky
Resource sharing shortens the time needed to go from planning an experiment to performing one. At Addgene, over 120 labs have deposited CRISPR reagents, including many gRNA-containing plasmids (McDade et al, 2016). Many of the gRNAs contained within these plasmids have been used successfully in peer reviewed articles. If you’re targeting your favorite gene with CRISPR, using one of these validated gRNAs can save you the time that would be spent making and testing entirely new gRNA designs. You can now easily find many validated gRNAs in our newly curated Validated gRNA Target Sequence Table.