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New Products: CLC Bio's KLAST

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CLC Bio and Korilog have released KLAST software plug-in for sequence similarity search in next-generation sequencing data. The plug-in can be combined with CLC Genomics Workbench or CLC Main Workbench bioinformatics platforms. KLAST is a sequence similarity search tool, and according to the company is 25 times faster than the current standard BLAST tool.

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