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Plasmids 101: A Brief History of Plasmids and an Improved eBook!

Posted by Marcy Patrick on Oct 29, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Bioblasts? Plasmagenes? In the 1940s and 50s, scientists were working to understand genetic cytoplasmic factors that could be transferred between cells. At the time, these extranuclear agents of heredity were thought of as everything from parasites, to symbionts, to genes and the labels applied to them were vague or contradictory, owing in part to the fact that very little was known about the role these factors played within an organism. 

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Topics: Plasmids 101, Plasmid Cloning

Plasmids 101: Golden Gate Cloning

Posted by Mary Gearing on Aug 27, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Addgene’s plasmids are used with a wide variety of restriction enzyme-based cloning methods. Each method has its own pluses and minuses, but Golden Gate cloning has been especially useful within both the synthetic biology and genome engineering fields. We’ll walk you through how to apply this precise and easy-to-use system to your cloning efforts.

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Topics: Plasmid How To, Synthetic Biology, Plasmids 101, Protocols, Techniques, Plasmid Cloning

Plasmids 101: Blue-white Screening

Posted by Jessica Welch on Jun 4, 2015 9:03:00 AM

This post is part of our ongoing Plasmids 101 series. Plasmids 101 will provide you with an overview of general molecular biology knowledge and techniques. If you are interested in reading more, you can find the rest of the Plasmids 101 posts here.

Now that we have covered antibiotic selection here at Plasmids 101, we can talk about an even more specific method of screening your cloning reaction. Being able to select for colonies that contain your plasmid is a great start when cloning, but how about being able to choose those that contain plasmid with an insert? Blue-white selection is a widely used method to do just that!

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Topics: Plasmid Elements, Plasmids 101

Plasmids 101: Control Plasmids

Posted by Chari Cortez on Apr 9, 2015 11:29:00 AM

There are many, many different types of experiments carried out by scientists every day. Although the designs and outcomes may vary, one thing should be present in every experiment-based investigation of a hypothesis: proper controls!

For every experiment, an investigator needs a standard against which the results can be compared; results from an experiment lacking the proper controls are invariably inconclusive and unreliable. Proper controls provide the constant variables that enable the correct interpretation of the effect of the independent variable you are testing. Importantly, they demonstrate the functionality of your experimental system and help identify opportunities for troubleshooting or optimization within your experiment. Read on to learn more about the various controls that can be used for plasmid-based experiments.

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Topics: Lab Tips, Plasmids 101

CRISPR 101: A New Series on Genome Editing & CRISPR-Cas

Posted by Marcy Patrick on Mar 5, 2015 12:06:12 PM

I am sure by now you have heard of CRISPRs. (If not, you can get up to speed here and here and here.) With such a fast moving technology, it is sometimes hard to keep pace with the new advances let alone remember the (maybe) long forgotten details of the biological process required to effectively design and utilize these tools. We certainly understand and are here to help!

Starting next week, we'll release the first post in our newest blog series - CRISPR 101 - a companion series to our popular Plasmids 101 articles. These posts are created to educate all levels of scientists and provide a resource for some of the basic principles driving CRISPRs and genome editing technology.

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Topics: Genome Engineering, Plasmids 101, CRISPR, CRISPR 101

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