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DNAStar Lasergene 14.1

DNAStar has launched Lasergene 14.1. The new release includes improvements to each of the major software platforms — Molecular Biology, Genomics, and Structural Biology. The company also added automated plasmid annotation to the Lasergene Molecular Biology Suite, and the Lasergene Genomics Suite now includes advanced mRNA isoform analysis via Sashimi plots. The Structural Biology Suite now includes features annotation within Protean 3D for more robust protein analysis. The release also includes enhanced integration and visualization of sets between applications, updated databases, and integration with PowerPoint for advanced editing in presentations, DNAStar said.

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