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Welcome to Addgene Beta! Here you’ll find the newest projects that we are piloting at Addgene - projects that we hope will help you with your research as we continue to fulfill our mission of accelerating research and discovery by improving access to useful research materials and information.

About Addgene Beta Projects

Addgene is regularly testing new services and platforms to better help scientists access research materials, data, and information. These new services and platforms can be distinguished on our site by the orange Addgene Beta logo. While in this pilot mode, we are frequently making improvements to how a particular Addgene Beta project functions, gathering feedback from scientists, and analyzing the utility and efficacy of the project. Read on for more information about these Addgene Beta projects and to explore our current Addgene Beta projects.

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What does it mean for a project to be Addgene Beta?

Simply put, an Addgene Beta project is a work in progress. Establishing a new service or providing a new material to scientists is challenging, and sometimes our organization needs to try a few approaches and acquire feedback to get it right.


How might an Addgene Beta service or platform differ from Addgene’s established services?

Addgene prides itself on its ability to offer high quality data, excellent quality control, and top-rated customer service. Though we will strive to launch our Beta services and products at the highest levels of quality possible, we ask the scientists who use them to understand that we are still learning how best to make these offerings. Did it take longer than you expected to receive your Beta project item? We are probably working on how to speed up the process. Was placing an order for a Beta product confusing in some way? Were you not able to request the quantity you wanted? Let us know! As we acquire more data, the experience will improve.


How long does a project stay in Addgene Beta status?

Addgene does not foresee keeping any service in Beta status permanently. Our goal with this platform is to fine tune our newest products and services before integrating them into our regular catalog. We may occasionally decide not to move forward with a Beta project and the associated service or platform will be discontinued. In such instances, we will continue to provide support and information for “retired” Beta services, even if we do not offer the service itself anymore.


How can you provide feedback on an Addgene Beta project?

Your feedback is always important to us! Based on your feedback and input, we can make changes and improvements so that our services and platforms best fit the needs of our scientific community. You can always email [email protected] with any feedback, suggestions, or questions related to any of our Addgene Beta projects. Additionally, if you have used an Addgene Beta service, we may reach out to you to voluntarily fill out a survey or form describing your experience.


Current Addgene Beta Projects

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AAV Data Hub

The AAV Data Hub is a community-driven, open science platform for scientists who use AAV viral preps. This database allows scientists to easily find and share useful technical data for planning their future experiments. Scientists are encouraged to submit details about the AAV vectors (including serotype) and animal models used, experimental design and methods (injection site, titer), and experimental results and images. This data is displayed on a searchable and sortable table for simple browsing. Once on an individual data page, you will find more comprehensive experimental setup details and results.

Launch Date: October 2019


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Viral Service: AAV Made on Request

Addgene is offering a Made on Request AAV packaging service for Addgene plasmids not currently available as ready-to-use viral vector aliquots. Made on Request viral vectors will be produced using the same optimized protocols we currently use to produce our AAV inventory.

Launch Date: May 2020


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DNA Service: Cloning Grade DNA

Addgene is offering Cloning Grade DNA (cgDNA) for over 200 plasmids in our collection. The plasmids available in this format include a variety of popular plasmids and backbones with high cloning potential. By making these plasmids available as cgDNA, we hope to aid scientists who want to immediately start cloning upon arrival of their plasmid from Addgene - reducing the time to experiments by removing the amplification and extraction steps required when one receives plasmids in bacterial stabs.

Launch Date: July 2020