DNASTAR’s “Best of 2019”
Do you live in fear that you’ll miss out on one of DNASTAR’s blog posts, newsletters or videos? Yeah… we didn’t think so! But we still thought you might enjoy seeing what you and your fellow DNASTAR customers were watching and reading over 2019. For your viewing pleasure, we have therefore compiled our “Best of 2019.” We even included not one, but TWO, obligatory cute animal videos!
Lasergene 16.0 release
Lasergene 16.0 (release notes / video / webinar) was released on July 15th, 2019. This release featured a new workflow, PCR site-directed mutagenesis; a case study for which appeared on this blog post. We anticipate releasing Lasergene 17.0 in early 2020.
New eCommerce site
In 2019, we also expanded our eCommerce offerings. You can now view all of our Lasergene packages, understand what they include, and purchase them online with a credit card. Note that our “Academic” pricing applies to non-profit and governmental organizations as well as educational institutions.
#1 Most popular blog post of 2019
Free NGS assembly and alignment for genomic sequencing data. Because who doesn’t love FREE stuff?
5 Most popular videos of 2019
Our most popular new how-to video was Get started with Lasergene using the DNASTAR Navigator, while our most popular new webinar video was Cloud Assemblies for NGS sequences.
However, these new videos were eclipsed by our popular classics. These were the most-watched videos for each of the Lasergene packages:
- Molecular biology: Assembling and analyzing sanger sequencing
- Genomics: Working with VCF Files
- Protein: Protein sequence and structure analysis
8 Conferences attended by DNASTAR
Did you see us at any of the following? This year was full of exciting new developments in the scientific community, and we were thrilled to be a part of these conferences where biologists from around the world shared their ground-breaking research.
- March – BIO-EUROPE, Vienna, Austria
- April – Protein Engineering Summit (PEGS), Boston, MA, USA. See our poster “Structure-guided molecular cloning for improving site-directed mutagenesis and stability in protein design.”
- April – BIO-IT World Conference and Expo, Boston, MA, USA
- June – BIO 2019, Philadelphia, PA, USA
- June – American Society for Microbiology (ASM), San Francisco, CA, USA
- October – Lake Pharma Symposium, Chicago, IL, USA
- October – American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), Houston, TX, USA. See our poster “A flexible, high-throughput software pipeline for identifying candidate variants and their effects on protein structure, starting from NGS data or VCF files.”
- November – BIO-EUROPE, Hamburg, Germany
New workflow pages in 2019
This fall we released 11 new web pages devoted entirely to our most popular software workflows. These pages include everything you need to know to get your project done and may even introduce you to some new workflows you aren’t using yet.
- Automated virtual cloning
- Sanger sequence assembly
- PCR primer design
- Multiple sequence alignment
- Pairwise sequence alignment
Cutest DNASTAR mascots
Did you know that our Senior Content Developer, Sharon Page, is heavily involved in animal testing? She is…but probably not the way you think!
Sharon is a licensed American Kennel Club (AKC) “Trick Dog” judge whose pets have performed on four continents. Her adorable little dogs Dash & “Copper starred in our 2019 silent film “SeqBuilder Pro to the Rescue!”
This week, Dash (right) was declared #2 Trick Dog in the USA/Canada by the AKC! (Dash’s video entry). Congratulations to Sharon and Dash!
Above all, what made 2019 great for DNASTAR was you, our customers. This year, DNASTAR was cited in over 3,600 peer-reviewed journal articles. We are honored to be a part of your research, and we look forward to supporting you with best in class analysis software in 2020 and beyond.
What content did you find most valuable in 2019? What do you want to see in 2020? Will you be attending a genomics or protein conference next year? Let us know in the comments!
Wishing you all a Happy New Year 2020 from your friends at DNASTAR!