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How to ask for a collaboration/contribution from other lab?

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Best Answer bob1, 06 September 2017 - 06:28 AM

As a general rule, reagents (this includes plasmids and pretty much anything apart from equipment) that are published are supposed to be available for others to request, sometimes for a price (e.g. addgene), and often with a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA). Having said that, sometimes requests are ignored/delayed/too much work for/by whoever receives them.

 

One often successful method is to get your supervisor or someone in similar authority to send the letter of request - you should approach your university's legal office to see about MTA if needed.

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 08:48 PM

Hi,

 

I'm looking for suitable expression plasmid for lactobacillus. I've looked around some publications, only few labs have the right design for my doctorate work. My question is when I approach the author to ask if they can provide me the plasmid for my work, how should I ask? Because I don't think they will have any benefits out of this beside a mere acknowledgement in the paper. So will they say yes?

 

Thanks. 



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Posted 06 September 2017 - 06:28 AM   Best Answer

As a general rule, reagents (this includes plasmids and pretty much anything apart from equipment) that are published are supposed to be available for others to request, sometimes for a price (e.g. addgene), and often with a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA). Having said that, sometimes requests are ignored/delayed/too much work for/by whoever receives them.

 

One often successful method is to get your supervisor or someone in similar authority to send the letter of request - you should approach your university's legal office to see about MTA if needed.



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Posted 06 September 2017 - 06:39 AM

Thanks! I couldn't find any suitable plasmid from addgen unfortunately. And the plasmid is essential before I can proceed with the whole project.

 

Good to know about that. I have no experience in asking for materials. No wonder my emails sent out are not answered.

 

Thanks for enlightening.







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