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The RNAi consortium (TRC) is a collaborative effort based at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and includes six MIT- and Harvard-associated research institutions and five international life sciences organizations. Thermo Scientific has partnered with the TRC to make the Thermo Scientific shRNA libraries available to researchers worldwide. Available TRC shRNA controls include the pLKO.1 empty vector as a negative control and an eGFP shRNA as a positive control.
The pLKO.1 controls can be packaged into virus particles for use in transduction experiments. Specifically, the replication-incompetent viral particles can be efficiently produced using lentiviral packaging plasmids co-transfected in 293T packaging cells. The Thermo Scientific Trans-Lentiviral packaging system, which offers maximum biosafety and high titers, is recommended.
Further information is available at http://www.broad.mit.edu/genome_bio/trc/rnai.html
In scientific publications, the libraries should be referred to as TRC-Hs1.0 (Human) and TRC-Mm1.0 (Mouse). Individual clones are uniquely identified by their TRC ID number (eg. TRCN0000014783).
The TRC lentiviral shRNA libraries are provided in 96-well microtiter plates containing frozen stock cultures of E. coli in 2XLB broth with 8% glycerol and carbenicillin (100 µ/ml). Thermo Fisher Scientific checks all cultures for growth prior to shipment. Individual shRNA constructs are shipped as glycerol stock cultures on wet ice.
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