Running for Rare Disease, Running for FOP, Running for AJ

Posted by Guest Blogger on Sep 15, 2016 10:30:00 AM

This post was contributed by Kurt Swanson a structural biologist and protein engineer currently working at Sanofi Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA.


When I joined Sanofi/Genzyme nearly three years ago I decided it was time to get in shape. After three kids, I had put on typical middle age weight and “exercise” consisted of taking walks in the mall. I took action, joined a gym, and started running on a treadmill. After being with the company for about six months, I learned there was a Genzyme-based running team called Running for Rare Disease that runs on behalf of the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). NORD raises money and awareness for rare disease and helps patients find the correct treatments, if available. As part of the team, I started adding mile after mile on my poor, poor legs.

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Topics: Fun, Inside Addgene

Developing Lab Management Software for Biology

Posted by Kris Shamloo on Aug 25, 2016 10:30:00 AM

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.
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Topics: Inside Addgene, Lab Software

Addgene at the ASM Microbe 2016 Conference

Posted by Jessica Welch on Jul 7, 2016 10:30:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Inside Addgene, Microbiology

Ghanaian Researchers to Receive Plasmid Awards from Addgene and Seeding Labs

Posted by Tyler Ford on Jun 15, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Inside Addgene, Investigator Feature

Introducing Addgene's Microbiology Pages

Posted by Jessica Welch on Jun 13, 2016 3:08:05 PM

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.

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Topics: Inside Addgene, Microbiology, Plasmid Kits

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