Guest post: Collaboration, Credit and Convenience—Addgene’s Reagent Sharing Model

April 5, 2012 | Posted by Team in Reproducibility |

This is a guest post by Joanne Kamens, Executive Director of Addgene (see full bio below). 

So much time, effort, heart and soul go into every unique research reagent generated.  Lab tech, graduate student, industry scientist, post-doc or principal investigator—every life scientist has experienced the joy of creating a useful reagent, only to feel the pang of sadness when it is banked in the freezer and never used again.  Or perhaps you are one of the few lucky ones who made something truly clever and useful and now all your colleagues want it but you can’t keep up with the requests and get your other work done.

Addgene is a non-profit repository for plasmids, small circular DNA reagents, used in life science research all over the world.  Based in Cambridge, Addgene has over 17,500 unique plasmids in its library and ships over 6,000 plasmids every month.  Depositing is free and there is a small fee to request plasmids.   Just like a frequent flyer program, Addgene rewards scientists who share with the community by giving them reward points each time their plasmid is requested. Currently, Addgene distributes plasmids only to academic organizations but by the end of 2012, some limited parts of our collection may become available to industry requestors.

Addgene’s mission is to facilitate collaboration and sharing.  There are many hurdles we help to overcome.  Read the rest of this entry »

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