April 15, 2014 (Vol. 34, No. 8)


Strong Points: Inclusion of plasmid maps/sequences, many search options
Weak Points: None


Are you tired of cloning and just ready to pay for that pesky plasmid already? Take a gander at the website for the DNASU plasmid repository of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. The repository boasts an impressive collection of almost 200,000 plasmids, which include plasmids generated as part of large initiatives as well as those contributed by individual investigators. Users can browse the collection in a number of ways: by collection, biological function, empty vectors, author (or institution or initiative), or species. For individual plasmids, users can view plasmid maps, sequences, and other details such as a list of vector features. Additionally, recommended growth conditions are also given. Thus, even if you do not wish to actually purchase anything, there is still a lot of valuable information to be found on this website.

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