DNAStar has released Lasergene 9.1, an upgrade to its flagship desktop software suite for molecular biologists.he new release introduces two significant new capabilities: desktop computer support for Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS) using next-generation DNA sequence information; and integration of protein sequence, structure and bioinformatic method capabilities in one application.
The GWAS functionality builds on a wide variety of tools already available in Lasergene, bringing them together in one workflow to support analysis of one sample, all samples, or any subset when working with multi-sample sequencing data. SNPs can be assessed individually or in groups in the new software and a unique SNP scoring method is being introduced to indicate the relative importance of various SNPs within a given context.
With Lasergene 9.1, Protean 3D now adds bioinformatic analysis of proteins as well, integrated with the sequence and structure views, all of which can be visualised simultaneously in the software.
Lasergene 9.1 also introduces support for identifying DNA sequence structural variants and it expands the database information available to users to include both dbSNP and Cosmic data for many organisms.