Can you imagine needing to fly to another continent to get a research tool?
Many scientists in developing countries, limited by connections and funds, travel back and forth to their collaborators’ labs to obtain the equipment and reagents necessary to do cutting-edge research. Our flagship program Instrumental Access addresses one critical aspect of this problem–access to equipment–but it is only one barrier to scientific discovery that researchers around the world face.
For molecular biologists, access to plasmids—DNA constructs holding genes and genetic elements that scientists can study and manipulate—is essential. Obtaining plasmids can be a significant challenge for scientists in developing countries; it’s both costly and logistically complicated.
To confront this challenge, Seeding Labs is pleased to announce a new partnership with Addgene, a nonprofit plasmid repository dedicated to making it easier for scientists to share plasmids.
This year, the Addgene/Seeding Labs Plasmid Grant will make four plasmid awards worth $500 each to researchers–faculty, staff, or graduate students–from university departments that have received Instrumental Access equipment and can demonstrate that plasmids will effectively advance their research.
“Joining forces with Addgene will revolutionize the way our partner scientists do their work by making plasmids, the backbone of molecular biology and bioengineering research, easily available,” says Melissa Wu, PhD, Seeding Labs’ Global Partnerships Manager. “We’re excited for this opportunity to connect our scientists with researchers all over the world through Addgene’s repository of the latest genetic tools, like the new CRISPR technology. I can’t wait to see what our scientists will do with them!”
“We hope that these awards will both accelerate biology research in the labs they’re granted to, as well as shine a light on some of the great minds working in developing countries.”Joanne Kamens, PhD, Executive Director, Addgene
Addgene operates a plasmid repository for the research community, working with thousands of laboratories to assemble a high-quality library of plasmids for use in research and discovery. As part of its mission, Addgene strives to help build the international scientific community and is taking steps to increase plasmid distribution and disseminate knowledge around the globe.
“We hope that these awards will both accelerate biology research in the labs they’re granted to, as well as shine a light on some of the great minds working in developing countries,” says Joanne Kamens, PhD, Executive Director of Addgene. “As the world continues to face global challenges, we hope to empower those that need to face these challenges locally.”
We are grateful to Addgene for joining us in our mission of catalyzing global science and expanding opportunities for scientists working around the world!
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