The Addgene Zoo - A Plasmid Repository with a Diverse Collection of Genes

Posted by Margo R. Monroe on Dec 31, 2013 9:50:50 AM

Over the past 10 years, Addgene has collected 30,000 plasmids contributed by over 1,700 research labs from around the world. These plasmids feature genes and expression systems from a variety of species beyond the human, mouse, bacterial, yeast, and zebrafish constructs commonly used in many labs. As more and more scientists contribute to Addgene’s library, the plasmid collection has started to resemble a large zoo filled with a diverse range of exotic animals. Let’s take a look at the some of the species represented in our collection.

Welcome to the Jungle!

The primate collection includes genes from over 15 species of monkeys, chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, and baboons. Also represented are genes from the Horsfield's tarsier (Tarsius bancanus), the Northern white-cheeked gibbon (Nomascus leucogenys), and the Red-chested mustached tamarin (Saguinus labiatus).

Genes from less commonly used, non-primate mammals are also represented in the repository. Gene inserts from the African bush elephant (Loxodonta africana) are currently available, and a camel (Camelid) phage library is on its way.

Looking for something under the sea? Diverse aquatic species also exist in the Addgene Zoo. For example, the repository contains an edible clam (Meretrix lamarckii), the white perch (Morone americana), the Antarctic toothfish (Dissostichus mawsoni), the Coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch), and the purple sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus).


These species highlight a small sample of the true diversity present in the Addgene Zoo. We encourage you to browse our complete plasmid collection sorted by expression system, gene, popular plasmids, depositors, and vector backbones. Addgene wants to make sure you are able to easily find the plasmid you need for your research.

A growing zoo made possible by you!

Addgene is dedicated to sharing high-quality plasmids to research scientists around the world. Without our depositors, the diversity and quality of the Addgene repository would not be where it is today. As we approach our 10 year anniversary and wind down the holiday season, Addgene thanks you, our depositors and scientists, for contributing to the breadth of species in our collection and sharing your science with us and each other.

Did we miss your favorite species? Please let us know in the comment section.

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