Reagent Collaboration Network
RECLONE shares reagents and protocols for local production of enzymes openly online that anyone is freely able to use or modify for research purposes.
Every experiment in science requires reagents, and central to biotechnology is the use of and engineering of enzymes to drive biological processes. However, the current supply chain for biotech reagents limits access for many groups of people, especially in the global south and impedes their creativity or actual contribution to science. Reagent Collaboration Network (RECLONE) means sharing reagents and protocols for local production of enzymes openly online that anyone is freely able to use or modify for research purposes. This approach could drastically reduce the costs of research while enabling people to collaborate and learn in new ways.
RECLONE (reclone.org) accomplishes the goal of open sharing of biotechnological reagents and protocols by convening meetings twice a month as well as symposia every six to eight weeks. These meetings host speakers, on topics of interest to the network. RECLONE also provides an online forum (forum.reclone.org) where conversations sparked by meetings can continue and possibly develop into actual research collaboration or actionable projects. The online forum is also a place to ask questions or receive feedback on thoughts and ideas. We support our members, many of whom are in the global south by knowledge and reagent sharing, to scale our collective impact.