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Experimenting in an Open Source lab: from CRISPR to Cats

Posted by Guest Blogger on Jul 23, 2015 10:30:00 AM

The following post was contributed by Derek Jacoby from Makerspace Victoria, CA

Over the decades science has become increasingly restricted to academic and industrial labs, but recently there has been a counter movement by the public to access basic equipment and to become involved in developing tools and solutions to research problems. This movement calls itself the Open Science movement and is part of a bigger movement in a variety of research sectors to provide open source technologies and spaces where interested parties can do research. This interest manifested itself in the creation of Hackerspaces and Makerspaces back in 2007, which function as centres for peer learning and knowledge sharing, in the form of workshops, presentations, and lectures. There are currently around 1,000 active makerspaces around the world. Hackerspaces.org maintains a list of active spaces near you.

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Topics: Scientific Sharing

Science Communication Snapshot: DayCon 2015

Posted by Mary Gearing on Jun 17, 2015 5:04:11 PM


SITN DayCon 2015 Team

Here at Addgene, we’re dedicated to advancing and sharing science! In association with the Harvard graduate student organization Science in the News (SITN), we recently sponsored a first-time event called DayCon. DayCon is a one-day conference aimed at the general public that provides an accessible introduction to various scientific topics. Over twenty graduate student volunteers worked hard to make this Saturday event a success, a true testament to the commitment of SITN members.

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Topics: Scientific Sharing, Science Communication

More Data for You: Find Articles Citing Addgene Plasmids

Posted by Caroline LaManna on Jun 16, 2015 10:15:40 AM

Exciting news! Addgene recently rolled out a new feature on our plasmid pages - links to articles citing this plasmid. Now you can learn how a plasmid has been used by multiple labs and see what experimental systems it has been validated in. 

If a plasmid's Addgene ID # has been referenced in other publications, you'll find a link to the list of citing articles under the "Resource Information" heading in the right column of the plasmid page. Check out the purple arrow in the screenshot below to see what I mean.

Additional Features

Once you've clicked on the "# References" link under the "Resource Information" heading, you'll be directed to a page listing the articles that cite this plasmid. You can use the dropdown to increase the length of the list (purple oval in the screenshot below). You can also use the "Search Table" box at the upper right of the table to search and filter the list of citing articles. From the article list you can click on the PubMed link to find the article abstract and more.

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Topics: Hot Plasmids, Scientific Sharing, Inside Addgene, Using Addgene's Website

6 Tools & Tips: Online Social Networking for Scientists

Posted by Kendall Morgan on May 19, 2015 8:17:00 AM

 

As Joanne Kamens has pointed out, there’s surely no better place for scientists to meet and mingle with other scientists than at a conference. But in this increasingly wired world, more and more of our day-to-day personal interactions are taking place online. And if findings from network science apply to scientists, then building and maintaining an open social network is key when it comes to career success. In this enterprise, more scientists are finding online tools to be instrumental. At Addgene, we're all about helping develop a scientific community, so here are some tips to help you get more involved with your scientific network online.

As Holly Bik and Miriam Goldstein wrote in their PLoS Biology paper, “In the age of the internet, social media tools offer a powerful way for scientists to boost their professional profile and act as a public voice for science.” In “An Introduction to Social Media For Scientists,” Bik and Goldstein offer many tips on how to take advantage of mainstream social media. The article focuses on some of the popular social media tools available and the potential benefits that can be reaped from using these tools.

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Topics: Scientific Sharing, Science Communication, Networking

500,000 Plasmids Shipped and Counting!

Posted by Caroline LaManna on Mar 26, 2015 11:24:00 AM

Yesterday we hit a huge milestone here at Addgene – 500,000 plasmids shipped! That's a 1/2 million plasmids sent to happy scientists around the world in ~10 years!

We're extremely proud to be able to support scientists by bringing you all the plasmids you need. We're focused on our mission – documenting your plasmids, storing them, providing quality control and customer support, making plasmids easy for you to find and request in our online collection, and shipping them to you quickly.

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Topics: Fun, Scientific Sharing, Inside Addgene

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