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27 Hot Plasmids from 2016

Posted by Tyler Ford on Dec 22, 2016 10:03:47 AM

Every quarter we highlight a subset of the new plasmids in the repository through our hot plasmids articles. These brief articles highlight the main features and applications of a partiular plasmid or set of plasmids. We hope that these articles make it easier for you to find and use the plasmids you need. You can find all the hot plasmids from 2016 below. With over 45,000 plasmids, we can't write posts for every great plasmid that comes into the repository, but be sure to let us know if you'd like to write about your plasmids in a future blog post. No time to read? Listen to our hot plasmids segment on the Addgene Podcast.

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Topics: Hot Plasmids, News

Using Addgene's New Viral Service for Your Research

Posted by Tyler Ford on Nov 17, 2016 10:30:00 AM


Instead of spending time and money producing virus from select vectors in the repository yourself, you can now order ready-to-use virus directly from Addgene! As part of our new Viral Service, we’re distributing lentivirus (with many CRISPR tools included among the preps that are currently available) and adeno associated virus (AAV, primarily chemogenetics tools for now but with optogenetic tools coming soon). The viral preparations undergo rigorous quality control testing at Addgene meaning they come ready made to accelerate your research.

 

Need Virus? Check out Addgene's New Viral Service!

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Topics: Inside Addgene, News, Viral Vectors

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

Changing Labor Laws Bring Increased Postdoc Wages

Posted by Guest Blogger on Oct 25, 2016 10:30:00 AM

This post was contributed by Future of Research Executive Director, Gary McDowell.

On Dec 1st, the threshold at which salaried workers receive overtime payment for working more than 40 hours per week will increase from $23,660 to $47,476 per year, under updates to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

This is having a major effect on scientists within academia, most particularly postdocs working in the U.S., whose current salaries are below the new exemption level (the current average postdoc salary is estimated at around $45,000, but as I’ve discussed elsewhere (slides here) there are many postdocs paid at much lower salaries).

Postdocs (who are not in a primarily teaching role) come under this ruling, regardless of visa or fellowship status, in addition to certain staff scientists and those in technical roles. Therefore, institutions are responsible for ensuring that either all affected scientists are paid above this threshold or for tracking the hours that these scientists work and paying them overtime accordingly.

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Topics: Career, News

Addgene’s Top 10 Blog Posts from 2014

Posted by Caroline LaManna on Dec 16, 2014 3:01:00 PM

As 2014 comes to a close, we’ve been reflecting on the past year in science – as seen through the lens of Addgene’s blog and plasmid repository. Our blog is just over a year old, and it has grown steadily during 2014. We were excited to have more and more scientists offering to share their stories – about their research, their job hunts, and their tips for experiments. We’ve also loved helping to answer your plasmid and cloning questions through our Plasmids 101 series and by responding to your comments.

Additionally we’ve seen what topics are of interest to you, our readers. Below I’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 Most Viewed Posts on our blog from the past year. A quick glance shows that interest in CRISPR continues to grow as the genome editing technique has developed and improved. The CRISPR posts written by our guest bloggers, the experts in the CRISPR/Cas field, have been extremely helpful for scientists that are looking for more detailed information about this new technology. Our Plasmids 101 series continues to grab scientists’ attention, and as we move into next year we’d like to know what topics you want to learn more about. Our post on “Making Your Own Competent Cells” has been extremely popular, generating many additional questions. We’re happy to see scientists making their own cells to save money and create the tools that work best for their needs.

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Topics: Scientific Sharing, News

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