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Addgene Newsletter, August 2020


Dear scientists,

What if after receiving a plasmid from Addgene you didn't have to grow the bacteria and prep the plasmid before you begin your cloning experiment? What if instead you could directly start your digest, PCR, or transformation? 

Great news! A subset of our collection has been prepared as part of our new cloning grade DNA service and is ready to use out of the box. And, we think this new service will save you up to three days of work.

We’re beginning with 210 plasmids from Addgene’s collection. Most of these plasmids are empty backbones, some containing fluorescent markers or protein tags, and are suitable for molecular cloning. We’ve also included ten plasmids that can be directly used for SARS-CoV-2 research.

We’re excited to begin offering this service to further contribute to our mission to “accelerate research and discovery.”

- The Addgene Team

Jumpstart your research using Addgene's cloning grade DNA service!

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Plasmid cloning
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Hot plasmids

We’re constantly adding useful new plasmid tools and viral preps to the collection. A few of these are highlighted in the latest Hot Plasmids article, including:

  • Yeast-based protein evolution
  • Fluorescent tools for mammalian cells
  • Nanobody purification
  • CRISPRi and CRISPRa system for hPSCs

See the hot plasmids!

Distance teaching and learning resources

In the time of remote learning, we hope our educational resources can help you out whether you are a teacher or a student. Browse our library of free written and video protocols as well as our molecular biology references and eBooks.

Visit Addgene’s educational resources!

And be sure to check out our new protocol video: How to Design Primers For PCR

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Addgene’s impact on COVID-19 research

CRISPR-iconRead about our impact during COVID-19 in The CRISPR Journal. The article highlights how CRISPR diagnostic tools are being used to detect SARS-CoV-2 and the role of plasmid sharing in the development and use of plasmid tools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A screen shot of Addgenies on a Zoom meeting to celebrate the launch of cgDNA service

Addgenies celebrate the first week of the cloning grade DNA service during our social (distancing) hour! We’re excited to help speed your science even more.

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Summer Savings from Addgene

To save $20 off your next order, use the following discount code during the checkout process. Please be sure to enter this code in the *Promotion Number* field.

(Expires September 30, 2020)

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