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Why Do I Need an MTA Anyway?

Posted by Carissa Fish on May 1, 2014 4:23:00 PM

We understand - you’re a busy scientist working hard on research, and you need the right experimental materials. Who has time for paperwork? Here’s why a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) matters:

Science thrives on collaboration (it’s the heart and soul of Addgene’s mission), but legal complexities can arise when scientists are sharing their materials. Questions about intellectual property rights, pending publications, and commercial use often come up. An MTA can resolve those questions! MTAs protect you and your institution, and almost all universities and institutions require them for material transfers.

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Topics: Scientific Sharing, Inside Addgene

Why Scientists Should Give Twitter a Try

Posted by Kendall Morgan on Feb 27, 2014 12:21:05 PM

If your PI or peers are like most of the researchers I know, they probably aren’t avid fans or active users of Twitter. But did you know a lot of scientists and others who care about science – science journalists and scientific organizations (including Addgene) - are on Twitter? It turns out Twitter can be a great way to expand your network well beyond the lab and engage in interesting conversations about science, or at least eavesdrop on them. As noted by an article prepared for Ideas in Ecology and Evolution,Twitter can provide access to a ‘virtual’ department of followers that almost always exceeds the size of traditional academic departments. (For more choice nuggets from this paper, take a closer look at the infographic that was created by Catherine Pratt on her website,

An engaging conversation in snippets of 140 characters or less, you might be asking yourself? Yes, exactly.

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Topics: Fun, Scientific Sharing

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

Top 10 Open Science Developments of 2013

Posted by Kendall Morgan on Dec 19, 2013 10:46:52 AM

It should come as no surprise that those of us at Addgene believe in the power of sharing, and especially in keeping the products of science accessible in one way or another to those who might be in a position to build on that work. That’s how science progresses after all, with each generation of scientists standing on the shoulders of their colleagues and all those who’ve gone before them. Given this interest in the ways science is shared and in making it easier to share, we take special note as the open science movement continues to gain traction.

One way to consider where the open access (OA) movement might be going is to consider some of the places it’s been. So, as 2013 comes to a close, let’s take a few minutes to reflect on some of the most noteworthy developments in open science this year. Here it goes, in no particular order, my top 10 open science developments, 2013 edition.

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Topics: Scientific Sharing

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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