Where to buy

From Counter Culture Labs

Chemicals[edit | edit source]

The seller Innovating Science on walmart.com sells some interesting stuff including 98% sulphuric acid.

Plant tissue culture[edit | edit source]

The website plantcelltechnology.com sells a bunch of plant tissue culture / cloning stuff for reasonable prices, including most common plant hormones.

Sodium bisulfate[edit | edit source]

Also known as sodium hydrogen sulfate.

This is sold in a fairly pure form as "pH minus" for swimming pool maintenance. E.g. the MSDS for "Poolife pH Minus" says it's 91.5 to 94.7% sodium bisulfate and 4.8 to 8.0% sodium sulfate.

Hardware[edit | edit source]

3D printed labware. Mostly tube holders but a few other interesting things.
Focused on teaching supplies. Stocks a bunch of basic equipment.
Open Electrowetting system (OpenDrop), Spectrophotometer (fiber, visible only), G-code to analog converter, all open hardware
Open Hardware Colorimeter and Potentiostats
Nice selection of hardware, wetware and reagents. Ships to individuals. Banned from Germany (I think)

Services[edit | edit source]

Sequencing[edit | edit source]

Whole plasmid or whole bacterial genome sequencing
Whole plasmid starts at $15
Whole genome starts at $90
Free shipping if you drop at one of their drop boxes (there's one on Stanford's campus)

Plasmids and strains[edit | edit source]

Vast library of plasmids
Large collection of strains.
Request up to 24 per year free of charge.
Vast collection of strains.
Intermittently sells open wetware plasmids and strains on etsy or twitter
Made an open library of E. coli plasmids for making various colors
Focused on teaching supplies and stocks a small selection of strains and plasmids

Reagents and consumables[edit | edit source]

These will be mostly US based businesses.

Algae cultures and a few related reagents and consumables
Very affordable. E.g. miniprep kits for under $1 per reaction
Ebay seller. Loading dyes, ladder mixes, syringe filters
Smaller selection than the larger companies but aimed toward small labs and affordable.
Sells to anyone, though I believe they got banned from selling in Germany.
Has a built-in comparison shopping tool with ordering.
Used to be the go-to tool for Counter Culture Labs but started charging $100 per user per year for non-profits just for access
Cheap but needs commercial address and sometimes requires more for some chemicals (even sometimes very safe ones).

Fabrication services[edit | edit source]

Lasercutting[edit | edit source]

Note that PCB manufacturing companies will sell metal solder paste stencils which might be usuable if only thin metal is required.

Plastic, wood, rubber, leather, fabrics, cardboard, paper
A bit pricey but local to Oakland
Instant online quote generation
  • oshcut - Metal only lasercutting
Great choice of materials
Up to 1" steel and aluminum! Some materials limited to about 0.13" thickness
Affordable with instant quote generation