Established in the mid 1970's, New England Biolabs, Inc. (NEB) is the industry leader in the discovery and production of enzymes for molecular biology applications and now offers the largest selection of recombinant and native enzymes for genomic research. NEB continues to expand its product offerings into areas related to PCR, gene expression, sample preparation for next generation sequencing, synthetic biology, glycobiology, epigenetics and RNA analysis. Additionally, NEB is focused on strengthening alliances that enable new technologies to reach key market sectors, including molecular diagnostics development. New England Biolabs is a privately held company, headquartered in Ipswich, MA, and has extensive worldwide distribution through a network of exclusive distributors, agents and seven subsidiaries located in Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore and the UK. For more information about New England Biolabs visit neb.
Addgene is a non-profit plasmid repository that stores and distributes plasmids for academic labs. It’s great if you work in an academic lab and they happen to have your plasmid – drop them an order and get your plasmid in the mail. I don’t work in an academic lab, but I still love addgene… here’s why…
In addition to their repository they also have a great (and free) searchable plasmid archiving facility called addgene labs. Opening an account for your lab gives you a laboratory plasmid archives database and also a personal database for your own plasmids, which can be viewed by others in your lab. You can also send e-mail invites to lab members, allowing them to get their own database within your lab account.
As far as I am aware there are no similar services available on the web so I have just signed up… now I can say goodbye to Excel files full of plasmid lists!