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Benefits of Depositing Plasmids at Addgene

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Depositing plasmids at Addgene is like getting a free lab manager. There is no charge to deposit, and you will no longer have to find stocks, package materials, ship packages, and deal with MTAs. Addgene handles your plasmid requests, leaving you with more free time. In addition, you will earn Rewards Points from Addgene that can be redeemed for free plasmids.

Addgene creates a website for each depositing lab, and you can refer scientists requesting your plasmids to this page (see PI page example). A complete list of the scientists who have requested your plasmids is available through your Addgene account.

Coffee icon Peace of Mind

How many times have you tried in vain to find a plasmid created by a former member of the lab? To remember the cloning sites used to create a plasmid? Or worried about losing your stocks from a freezer meltdown?

Deposit plasmids at Addgene and relax. We will preserve your samples and the associated data for use by future members of your lab. Addgene stores samples in barcoded tubes on-site in Watertown, MA and off-site at a facility in Rockville, MD.

Globe icon Share with Your Community

You want your research to make a difference. Sharing your plasmids allows other scientists to build upon your work. This is why NIH grants now require a resource sharing plan, and most journals require all published materials be shared with other scientists.

After depositing to Addgene, your materials will be searchable and accessible to other scientists. Addgene groups plasmids by article (see article example) and by gene (see gene example). Scientists who use your plasmids in a publication are asked to acknowledge you and cite your article. This is an excellent way to increase the visibility of your research.

Addgene is recommended by over 20 journals (view the list of journals), and is actively being used by many top scientists (view list of scientists).

Plus icon It’s Easy to Deposit

Depositing plasmids at Addgene is like answering a plasmid request, only better. Once available through Addgene, you will never have to send that plasmid out again. Also, you will be able track requests for your plasmid at any time by logging in to your Addgene account.

Addgene accepts either DNA (15 µL is plenty) or a bacterial streak of your sample. If you would like assistance with your deposit, just email [email protected] and ask to be paired with an Addgene biologist. We can help you find plasmid information, enter data, and answer any questions.

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