T4-DNA Ligase

Description (Brief)
This silver metal canister once contained T4-DNA ligase, an enzyme commonly used in molecular biology. T4-DNA ligase helps create bonds between the ends of fragments of DNA.
This capability makes it useful in the laboratory when scientists want to combine DNA from two different sources in order to create recombinant DNA. This particular canister of T4-DNA ligase was used to create recombinant DNA molecules at Genentech, a biotechnology company, in the early 1980s.
Aehle, W. (2007). Enzymes in industry: Production and applications. Wiley-VCH.
Currently not on view
Object Name
T4-DNA ligase
date made
Genentech, Inc.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 2 13/16 in x 1 1/4 in; 7.14375 cm x 3.175 cm
place made
Bundesrepublik Deutschland
United States: California, South San Francisco
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Science & Mathematics
Biotechnology and Genetics
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Medicine and Science: Biological Sciences
Biotechnology and Genetics
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Genentech

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