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The Strength of Story Telling

Posted by Guest Blogger on Dec 19, 2017 9:00:17 AM

This post was contributed by guest blogger Jack Leeming Editor of Naturejobs, part of Nature magazine.

Humans are built to enjoy, remember, and listen to narratives — take advantage of that in your work

The part of my job I most enjoy is building and telling interesting stories — whether I’m working with a talented journalist to shine light on living as a scientist in Beijing, talking to people about taking beautiful photographs of their studies, reporting on amazing women in science, or asking someone how and why they left academia. Humans are designed to pay attention and enjoy anecdotal forms of information — identifying with a character, building emotional investment and following cause-and-effect relationships are all things almost all of us are programmed to appreciate and understand.

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Topics: Science Communication

A Novice's Perspective on Neuroscience - SfN2017

Posted by Tyler Ford on Dec 15, 2017 9:07:01 AM

Addgene recently attended the Society for Neuroscience 2017 conference in Washington DC (#SfN17). This massive conference attracted over 30,000 attendees (scientists and nonscientists alike). My only in-depth exposure to neuroscience prior to this conference was a rotation in Qiao Zhou’s lab in graduate school where I worked on a project aiming to dedifferentiate mouse brain cells into neural stem cells. I was quite unsuccesful (although I definitely enjoyed the lab!) and would therefore consider myself a neuroscience novice (newb). In this post, I’d like to highlight some of the things that popped out to me as a novice and indicate why other neuroscience newbies might want to get into the field.

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Topics: Viral Vectors

pCXLE toolkit: Efficient episomal plasmid-based method to reprogram peripheral blood cells to iPSCs

Posted by Guest Blogger on Dec 14, 2017 9:08:09 AM

This post was contributed by Kusumika (Kushi) Mukherjee, a Postdoc at Massachussetts General Hospital.

A little over a decade back when Yamanaka and colleagues reported that it is possible to reprogram differentiated cells into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) by the addition of reprogramming (or “Yamanaka”) factors, they changed the landscape of regenerative medicine. Their work opened up vast possibilities for the clinical and therapeutic applications of iPSCs. The generation of human iPSCs (hiPSCs) now provides an opportunity to develop and use patient-specific somatic cells that are otherwise difficult to obtain. These can then be used to perform cell therapy and to model diseases in vitro.

Find stem cell plasmids at Addgene

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Topics: Plasmid Technology, Hot Plasmids, Stem Cells

ReFigure: Save Scientific Figures into Dashboards and Share Your Insights

Posted by Guest Blogger on Dec 13, 2017 10:20:23 AM

This post was contributed by guest blogger Girija Goyal, cofounder of ReFigure.

Reading and exploration including replications and experiments resulting in “negative data” often dominate the early years of a project. Dissemination of the knowledge gained during this period occurs infrequently and rarely makes it into the small selection of data found in full-length publications. As early career researchers, we wondered how we could make the insights gained during this time more visible and thereby have a positive impact on science.

ReFigure saves time, knowledge and makes your insights discoverable. Watch this quick video to learn how ReFigure works and continue reading for more details.

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Topics: Scientific Sharing

New CRISPR Web Resources and #12DaysofCRISPR Recap

Posted by Mary Gearing on Dec 12, 2017 10:13:34 AM

Since the start of the CRISPR revolution, Addgene has distributed over 100,000 CRISPR plasmids. But that’s not our only job - we strive to also give you high-quality educational resources to help you do better research. CRISPR is an incredibly fast-moving field, and we want to make it easy for you to keep up with new developments (and, of course, find plasmids that will be useful to you.)

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Topics: CRISPR, CRISPR 101, Using Addgene's Website

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