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Indian Research Institute Licenses Lasergene for Sequence Assembly, Analysis

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DNAStar said this week that the National Institute of Animal Biotechnology (NIAB) in Hyderabad, India, has licensed its Lasergene software for sequence assembly and analysis.

An unnamed NIAB spokesperson said in a statement that researchers at the institute were "satisfied" with DNAStar's software and support. "With a heavy focus on animal genetic and genomic analysis in our work, we have a need for powerful software capable of handling our genomic data … we believe that their tools will help us to advance our research."

Financial and other terms of the arrangement were not disclosed.

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