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Type Privately held company
Industry Bioinformatics Software
Founders Dr. Fredrick Blattner, John Schroeder
Headquarters Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Area served Worldwide
Products Software

DNASTAR is a global bioinformatics software company incorporated in 1984 that is headquartered in Madison, WI. DNASTAR develops and sells software for sequence analysis in the fields of genomics and molecular biology.


DNASTAR software (Lasergene) first gained popularity in the 1980s and 1990s for its sequence assembly and analysis capabilities of Sanger sequencing data.

In 2007, DNASTAR expanded their offerings to include software for next-gen sequencing and structural biology.[1] DNASTAR's next-gen software supports data from Illumina, Ion Torrent, Pacific Biosciences, and Roche 454 and allows the user to assemble, align, analyze and visualize genomic data. Lasergene's use in next-generation sequence assembly and analysis was contributed as a chapter, written by company scientists, to the 2008 book Next Generation Genome Sequencing edited by Michael Janitz. [2]

DNASTAR software is currently developed both for desktop computers running Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux as well as for use on Amazon Web Services' Amazon Cloud.

DNASTAR software is utilized by pharmaceutical, biotechnology, academic, and clinical researchers in more than 90 countries [3] and is frequently cited in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

The latest version of DNASTAR software, Lasergene 12.1, was released in October 2014.[4]


In 2008, DNASTAR was awarded a Reader's Choice Gold Award by Scientific Computing Magazine for the Lasergene sequence analysis software.[5]

The 2008 book Inventing Entrepreneurs: Technology Innovators and their Entrepreneurial Journey by Gerard George and Adam J. Bock includes DNASTAR as an example of an innovative and entrepreneurial success story. [6]

A research study by BMC Genomics in 2010 determined that SeqMan (DNASTAR's next-gen sequence assembly application) assemblies performed best, with more novel sequences and better recapitulation of transcripts. [7]

Another BMC Genomics study in 2011 determined that the best overall contig performance resulted from a SeqMan NGen assembly. [8]

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  1. ^ "Company Profile". DNASTAR. Retrieved 25 Oct 2014. 
  2. ^ Janitz, Michal (November 2008). Next-Generation Genome Sequencing: Towards Personalized Medicine. Wiley-VCH. ISBN 978-3-527-32090-5. 
  3. ^ "DNASTAR Careers". DNASTAR. DNASTAR. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "DNASTAR Lasergene 12.1 Software Integrates Cloud Capability with Ground Computers". DNASTAR. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bioinformatics Readers' Choice — Gold Award: Lasergene". Advantage Business Media. Retrieved 27 March 2010. 
  6. ^ Gerry, George; Adam Bock (January 2008). Inventing Entrepreneurs: Technology Innovators and their Entrepreneurial Journey. Prentice Hall. ISBN 978-0-13-157470-0. 
  7. ^ "Comparing ‘’de novo’’ assemblers for 454 transcriptome data". BMC Genomics. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Short read Illumina data for the ‘’de novo’’ assembly of a non-model snail species transcriptome (‘’Radix balthica’’, Basommatophora, Pulmonata), and a comparison of assembler performance". BMC Genomics. Retrieved 30 July 2012.