DNASTAR: Enabling Life Science Discovery Since 1984
Did you know that DNASTAR has been pioneering software solutions for life scientists since the early 1980’s?
Since October 2021 marks our 37th anniversary, we decided to look back at some highlights from the last four decades in science and technology.
Fred Sanger, Wally Gilbert and Paul Berg share the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for pioneering DNA sequencing methods.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declares smallpox eradicated.
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is developed by surfing aficionado, Dr. Kary Mullis at the Cetus Corporation in CA, USA. Dr. Mullis goes on to win a Nobel Prize for this invention in 1993.
DNASTAR was founded in the E. coli lab of Dr. Fred Blattner, Professor of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
HIV is recognized as the cause of AIDS. By the end of 1984, there had been 7,699 AIDS cases and 3,665 AIDS deaths in the USA with 762 cases reported in Europe.
Alec Jeffreys coins the term “DNA fingerprinting,” which becomes the standard in criminal case work and paternity testing.
Release of the Macintosh 128k, the first mass-market personal computer to feature a GUI, built-in screen, and a mouse.
DNASTAR is trademarked and the company releases software for the “SeqEasy” sequencer digitizer.
EditSeq becomes DNASTAR’s sequence analysis application.
The Human Genome Project is launched, and the first gene therapy case takes place at the National Institutes of Health, who treated 4-year-old Ashanti DeSilva for a severe immune system deficiency.
FlavrSavr tomatoes are the first GMO food to be approved by the FDA.
The first bacterial genome is sequenced (Haemophilus influenza).
DNASTAR’s Lasergene brand name is introduced, and its first website is launched.
At the Roslin Institute in Scotland, Dolly the sheep becomes the first mammal to be cloned. This photo shows Dolly with Professor Sir Ian Wilmut, who led the research which produced her. (Photo courtesy of the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK.)
The Human Genome Project sequences their first human chromosome, Chromosome 22.
DNASTAR patents the de novo sequence assembly algorithms used in SeqMan Pro.
The mouse is the first mammal to have its entire genome sequenced.
DNASTAR launches the SeqBuilder molecular biology application. SeqBuilder was later replaced by its modern successor, SeqBuilder Pro.
DNASTAR launches the ArrayStar application for microarray analysis.
The Protein Data Bank features nearly 40,000 atomic-resolution structures of proteins.
DNASTAR launches its first next-gen sequencing (NGS) application, SeqMan NGen.
New DNA sequencing technologies increase DNA sequencing output 70-fold vs. the previous year.
DNASTAR launches the Protean 3D application for protein structure analysis and visualization.
The United States Supreme Court rules that naturally-occurring DNA cannot be patented.
DNASTAR releases NovaFold, a highly accurate predictor of 3D protein structure based on the international award-winning I-TASSER algorithm.
Ebola epidemic infects nearly 30,000 and kills over 11,000.
The 100K genomes project is completed, sequencing 100,000 genomes from patients affected by cancer or rare diseases.
DNASTAR celebrates its 35th anniversary.
As of 2019, DNASTAR software had been cited in over 80,000 peer reviewed journals.
COVID pandemic begins and the genome of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is sequenced. DNASTAR provides over 1,000 free licenses of Lasergene to users around the world to allow them to perform sequence analysis at home during the pandemic.
Support for Oxford Nanopore and PacBio long read sequence assembly is added to Lasergene Genomics.
The Protein Data Bank surpasses 175,000 atomic-resolution protein structures.