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Addgene's Tips for Plasmid Quality Control

Posted by Julian Taylor-Parker on Jan 14, 2016 10:30:00 AM

One of the best things about sharing plasmids through Addgene is that we provide an added level of confidence in the plasmids we distribute through our quality control processes. Every plasmid we receive is rigorously verified before becoming available to the community.

This is no small task, however, at a repository that consistently receives around 200 new DNA samples every week. Here we will provide an inside look at the steps we take to verify the identity and quality of the plasmids we make available and provide some advice on the steps you can take to verify your own plasmids.

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Topics: Plasmid How To, Inside Addgene, Lab Tips

How to Deposit Your Plasmids with Addgene

Posted by Tyler Ford on Jan 5, 2016 10:30:00 AM

At Addgene, it is our mission to make it easy for you to share plasmids. To achieve this goal, we will archive any plasmids you've deposited with us and distribute them to scientists at academic and non profit institutions worldwide. What's more, depositing is free! When we travel to talk to scientists about how we can help them share plasmids, we get many questions about how the deposit process works. To make things a little easier for you, we've written this post as a step-by-step guide to the online deposit process.

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Topics: Inside Addgene

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

A Better Way to Get Customer Support: The Help Center

Posted by Bryan Archambault on Dec 10, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Addgene’s Customer Service Philosophy

Customer service can be a hassle. You finally make it through a 20-step phone tree, only to be left on hold for an hour. When you finally speak to a human being, you may not even get a solution to the problem you called about. Next, you try an email, given that this is the 21st century and all. But while the auto-reply telling you your message was received is a nice touch, it doesn’t help much if the actual response takes 3 days and still doesn’t even answer your question.

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Topics: Inside Addgene

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

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