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European Molecular Biology Laboratory extends bioinformatics licence

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The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg has expanded its licensing arrangement with DNAStar to include SeqMan NGen, its next generation sequence assembly tool. This expands the already existing arrangement between the two organisations where EMBL had recently renewed its multi-network arrangement for use of the Lasergene software for sequence analysis.

Under the terms of the license arrangement, EMBL's Genomics Core Facility will have access to the SeqMan NGen and Lasergene tools for use on a range of projects using multiple sequencing platforms. While Lasergene continues to be one of the leading DNA sequence analysis software packages commercially available, its utility has been enhanced by the addition of the SeqMan NGen assembly tool to allow it to be used for both conventional and second generation sequencing types of projects.  The company has reported considerable interest in this 'graduate' approach which permits existing Lasergene users to easily move up to sequence assembly and analysis of high throughput sequencing platform data while continuing to use familiar software.