- What is VectorBuilder?
- How to design a vector on VectorBuilder?
- What services do VectorBuilder offer and how to request them?
- How to place an order?
- How to use my account?
- How to obtain technical information on vectors?
- How is vector ID assigned?
- How is vector name assigned?
- Species abbreviations
- Can I obtain a copy of my vector’s QC and sequencing data?
- How to cite VectorBuilder’s vectors in publications?
What is VectorBuilder?
VectorBuilder is a revolutionary online platform for researchers to easily obtain customized DNA vectors and related reagents tailored to their research needs. You can follow a highly intuitive workflow on VectorBuilder to design your desired vector with just a few mouse clicks, all for free. You can then order services related to your vector, such as custom cloning and virus packaging, as easily as you can order books on Amazon. The cost and turnaround time of these services are just a fraction of what it would cost you if you were to do it yourself. Below are key highlights of VectorBuilder.
Diversity of vectors: You can create vectors for virtually any research needs on VectorBuilder. You can choose from a variety of vector systems, such as regular plasmid, lentivirus, adenovirus, adeno-associated virus, MMLV, baculovirus, piggyBac, Tol2, and vectors for expressing genes in bacteria, yeast and plant. These vectors can be adapted for overexpression, inducible expression, knockdown, knockout, and enhancer analysis in a variety of model organisms.
Expansive databases of vector components: You can design your vectors using our expansive collections of vector components such as promoters, ORFs, epitope tags, shRNAs and gRNAs, saving you time and effort in finding them on your own.
We can design vectors for you: If you have trouble designing your vector on VectorBuilder, just send us a design request, and our highly experienced scientists will design it for you for free.
Rich annotation of vectors: Once a vector is designed, it can be viewed in a richly annotated manner where detailed descriptions and application notes are provided for all the components on your vector. You can also download a full report of your vector in PDF format containing publication-ready graphics, or in GenBank format that can be viewed in any text editor and imported by most vector design software.
Highly affordable price: Our vector cloning and virus packaging services are priced extremely affordably. The cost to purchase these services from us is typically a fraction of what it would cost you to do it yourself.
Rapid turnaround: You can receive your vector within days in the case of simple designs. Typically, our turnaround time is much faster than what you can do on your own.
Easy purchasing procedure: You can use our online transaction system to quickly obtain quotes, place orders, and make payments, as easily as ordering books on Amazon.
Rich educational materials: VectorBuilder strives to be a community resource for all things related to vectors. Comprehensive educational materials on all our vector systems and vector components are provided under Resources on the menu bar.
Bioinformatic tools: VectorBuilder offers many free bioinformatics tools to assist you in designing and analyzing your vectors, such as sequence alignment, shRNA target design, and gRNA off-target analysis. These tools are placed under Tools on the menu bar.
Easy management of your account: You can save your vector designs to your account. When you generate quotes or place orders, records of these activities will be automatically saved to your account.