|Type||Privately held company|
|Founders||Dr. Fredrick Blattner, John Schroeder|
|Headquarters||Madison, Wisconsin, United States|
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.
In 2007, DNASTAR expanded their offerings to include software for next-gen sequencing and structural biology. 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. 
The latest version of DNASTAR software, Lasergene 12.1, was released in October 2014.
In 2008, DNASTAR was awarded a Reader's Choice Gold Award by Scientific Computing Magazine for the Lasergene sequence analysis software.
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. 
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. 
Another BMC Genomics study in 2011 determined that the best overall contig performance resulted from a SeqMan NGen assembly. 
- "Company Profile". DNASTAR. Retrieved 25 Oct 2014.
- Janitz, Michal (November 2008). Next-Generation Genome Sequencing: Towards Personalized Medicine. Wiley-VCH. ISBN 978-3-527-32090-5.
- "DNASTAR Careers". DNASTAR. DNASTAR. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
- "DNASTAR Lasergene 12.1 Software Integrates Cloud Capability with Ground Computers". DNASTAR. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
- "Bioinformatics Readers' Choice — Gold Award: Lasergene". Advantage Business Media. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
- Gerry, George; Adam Bock (January 2008). Inventing Entrepreneurs: Technology Innovators and their Entrepreneurial Journey. Prentice Hall. ISBN 978-0-13-157470-0.
- "Comparing ‘’de novo’’ assemblers for 454 transcriptome data". BMC Genomics. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
- "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.