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Alex Chavez on MD PhDs, CRISPR, Gene Drives, & More

Posted by Tyler Ford on Nov 15, 2016 10:30:00 AM

In this episode of the Addgene podcast, we sit down with Alex Chavez, a Clinical Fellow in Pathology at Masachusetts General Hospital and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Church and Collins labs at the Wyss institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Alex is the first MD PhD we've had on the podcast, has worked extensively with CRISPR, and recently became a member of the Addgene advisory board where he will help shape Addgene's future. Listen to this episode for insights into the process of getting an MD PhD, the inside scoop on developing new CRISPR tools, and the potential uses of gene drives.

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Topics: Podcast

The Blue Flame Award: Celebrating Addgene's Most Requested Depositors

Posted by Jane Hannon on Nov 14, 2016 10:30:00 AM

All plasmids deposited at Addgene enhance scientific sharing worldwide but a select few are particularly special. Over 1000 of our 60,000+ deposited plasmids have been requested more than 100 times each, thereby achieving the coveted “blue flame” status. We’re proud to honor the creativity, passion, and dedication to sharing epitomized by the creators of these plasmids with the first annual Blue Flame Awards.

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Topics: Hot Plasmids, Scientific Sharing, News

Antibiotic Resistance: An Old Solution but a New Problem

Posted by Guest Blogger on Nov 10, 2016 10:30:00 AM


This post was contributed by guest blogger, Jennifer Rivers, a research microbiologist specializing in bacteriology and drug resistance. 

It seems as though, nowadays, we cannot make it a full month without a new, drug-resistant ‘superbug’ making headlines in one part of the world or another. Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is certainly a topic of great concern in healthcare today, but it doesn’t have to be some looming, abstract, convoluted scientific concept. It is imperative that we all understand what antibiotic resistance is and how it develops so that we may take an active part in our own health and the health of our loved ones, and become a positive force for public health.

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Topics: Microbiology

Plasmid Grant to Aid Cervical Cancer Screening in Ghana

Posted by Tyler Ford on Nov 8, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Gladys Kaba from the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ghana will be receiving the third Addgene/Seeding Labs plasmid grant and plans to use the grant to order plasmids she can use as positive controls in PCR-based cervical cancer screens.

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Topics: Investigator Feature, Cancer

Editor's Choice, October 2016

Posted by Tyler Ford on Nov 4, 2016 10:30:00 AM

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Last month there was plenty of excitement at Addgene. Our new viral service has begun to pick up steam (we already have over 70 orders!), we sent Outreach Scientists to Colorado, Berlin, Atlanta, Ottawa, Norwich, and Hannover, we raised money for the Superhero 5k and, of course, we had our yearly Halloween party (see all of our wonderful costumes in the pictures below, yours truly is dressed as Unikitty from The Lego Movie). October was no less busy for the Addgene blog which once again had record readership with over 75,000 views.


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Topics: Career, Career Readiness, Editor's Choice

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