9 Apr 2016

Gene libraries

From This Way Up, 1:45 pm on 9 April 2016
Plasmid Storage Box

Plasmid Storage Box Photo: (Flickr user David Bulger)

When scientists want to study a specific gene, they'll make a molecular clone, a copy of a some DNA that they can then play around with in the lab.

This is called a plasmid; it's a unit of DNA that can be easily copied, then broken and is an important tool for molecular biologists.

Addgene.org is a not-for-profit genetic library where scientists can deposit and withdraw their DNA inventions. Think of it a bit like a bank for molecular biological parts, a way to share genetic discoveries.

Joanne Kamens is the Executive Director of Add Gene.