November 9, 2021 Newsletter – Lasergene webinar, aligning viral genomes with MAFFT
In this month’s newsletter, we invite you to register for our upcoming Lasergene webinar, learn why we recommend the MAFFT alignment algorithm for viral genome data, and note a new location for Lasergene data on Windows installations.
Aligning viral genomes with the MAFFT alignment algorithm
If you use MegAlign Pro for multiple sequence alignment, you know that several alignment algorithms are available. With the release of Lasergene 17.3 in August, MegAlign Pro offers an updated version of MAFFT that is ideal for aligning large numbers of viral genomes. The combination of MegAlign Pro and MAFFT version 7 allows you to align thousands of viral genome sequences in just a few minutes. It is also a great high-capacity choice for other data types.
To learn more about this alignment method and how to use it with MegAlign Pro, see our new “Q & A style” blog post, Using the MAFFT alignment algorithm for high-capacity viral genome alignment.
Register now for next week’s Lasergene webinar
As you might know, Lasergene consists of several applications grouped into three areas: molecular biology, genomics and protein research.
If you recently downloaded a free trial of Lasergene or are a customer who wants to branch out and try Lasergene applications that you don’t normally use, then you won’t want to miss our webinar, Getting started with Lasergene, on 👉 Wednesday, November 17th at 11:00 CST. 👈 This free, 1-hour webinar is designed to help you learn:
– What each application does
– Whether it pertains to your specific research area
– Which application to use in different scenarios
The webinar will be presented live by DNASTAR’s Protein Product Specialist and overall Lasergene expert, Thomas Leary. For a detailed webinar description and to register, click the link below.
To learn more about this type of data and how to use it with Lasergene, see our new blog post, Using Lasergene to De Novo Assemble PacBio HiFi Data.
If you can’t attend the live webinar, please register anyway. That way, we can automatically send you a link to the recorded webinar when it becomes available.
New location for Lasergene data on Windows
Do you use Lasergene on a Windows computer? Then we wanted to let you know about the new location for Lasergene data files that began with the Lasergene 17.3 release in August.
Prior to 17.3, the location was C:\Users\Public\Public Documents\DNASTAR\Lasergene ‘x’ Data. The location for 17.3 and later is C:\ProgramData\DNASTAR Data\Lasergene ‘x’ Data, where ‘x’ represents the major version for Lasergene (i.e., Lasergene 17 Data).
This new location is also displayed in a blue text box in the lower right corner of the DNASTAR Training page.