DNAStar said this week that ShrimpEX Biotech Services, an Indian biotechnology company, has selected its Lasergene software for sequence assembly and analysis.

An unnamed ShrimpEX representative said in a statement that the firm selected Lasergene because it is "flexible enough to support a wide variety of different workflows." He also said "we were impressed with the capabilities of DNAStar['s] software, and we believe that allowing our staff to have virtually unlimited access to these tools will be instrumental to the success and growth of our business."

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