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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 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.
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Topics: Fun

Overwhelmed? Take a Break With Our 5 Favorite Science Comics

Posted by Kendall Morgan on Dec 5, 2013 10:27:28 AM

We’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine. So, as we ease (or, if you have your first cold of the season like I do, sniffle) ourselves back into our regular post-holiday routines, why not take a little time to appreciate the humor in science and in the lab? Addgene is after all a place that encourages people to take some time out every once in a while – just read Melina Fan’s post on lunch. Why should our new blog be any different?
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Topics: Fun

From our Table to Yours: An Inside Look at Lunch at Addgene

Posted by Melina Fan on Nov 27, 2013 9:54:00 AM

Right from the start, when we founded Addgene nearly 10 years ago, lunch felt like a family meal. My co-founders actually were my family (Kenneth Fan is my brother and Benjie Chen is my husband), and we were joined by Judy Tsai, a friend from graduate school. The four of us would eat together every day, sharing ideas for the company, but also talking about sports, movies, and just about anything.

As our organization grew, we continued this tradition. We now have over 30 full-time employees, so we created one long lunch table and we eat together Harry Potter-style.The shared lunches create a culture of openness and trust that comes from caring about your colleagues on a personal level, and employees often cite lunch as one of their favorite parts about working at Addgene.

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Topics: Fun, Inside Addgene

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