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Save Time and Money by Making Your Own Competent Cells

Posted by Melina Fan on Jan 28, 2014 10:10:58 AM

We perform over 100 transformations each week at Addgene, so we need to be cost and time efficient. We do this by making our own competent cells and using a little-known reagent for streamlining the transformation step.

Read on to find protocols and tips that you can use in your own lab.

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Topics: Plasmid How To, Inside Addgene, Lab Tips

The 10 Most Distributed Plasmid Technologies in Addgene's First 10 Years

Posted by Melina Fan on Jan 8, 2014 10:10:30 AM

Addgene was founded 10 years ago today. In that time, Addgene has shipped over 350,000 individual plasmids to 5,000 different research institutions. This has given us a unique window into technology trends in the life sciences.

In this post, we'll give you an inside look at the Top 10 plasmid technologies distributed through Addgene over our first 10 years.

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Topics: Plasmid Technology, Hot Plasmids, Scientific Sharing, Inside Addgene, Plasmid Kits

From our Table to Yours: An Inside Look at Lunch at Addgene

Posted by Melina Fan on Nov 27, 2013 9:54:00 AM

Right from the start, when we founded Addgene nearly 10 years ago, lunch felt like a family meal. My co-founders actually were my family (Kenneth Fan is my brother and Benjie Chen is my husband), and we were joined by Judy Tsai, a friend from graduate school. The four of us would eat together every day, sharing ideas for the company, but also talking about sports, movies, and just about anything.

As our organization grew, we continued this tradition. We now have over 30 full-time employees, so we created one long lunch table and we eat together Harry Potter-style.The shared lunches create a culture of openness and trust that comes from caring about your colleagues on a personal level, and employees often cite lunch as one of their favorite parts about working at Addgene.

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Topics: Fun, Inside Addgene

Addgene’s New Way to Help You Share Science

Posted by Caroline LaManna on Nov 14, 2013 11:10:00 AM

When I got the job of Outreach Scientist at Addgene, my first thought was “I get to talk to scientists from around the world making breakthrough discoveries!” I knew right then I had found my dream job, because one thing I learned in grad school was that scientists have amazing stories to share.

I spend a lot of time telling scientists about Addgene’s repository, and explaining how to deposit and request plasmids, but I also spend a lot of time listening.

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Topics: Scientific Sharing, Inside Addgene

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