NOTE: MSI has discontinued its support of Lasergene software, and will be uninstalling it from all systems on January 26, 2018. MSI understands that you may have questions about this decision, which we have attempted to answer below.
Why is MSI discontinuing Lasergene
The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute seeks to provide researchers at the University of Minnesota access to high-performance computing resources and user support to facilitate successful and innovative research in all disciplines. While MSI recognizes that Lasergene is an important tool for many biology labs on campus it is meant to be used in a personal computing environment, it does not need substantial computing power and duplicates the functionality of many of the free open source packages that we host.
Will Lasergene continue to be accessible?
MSI will be discontinuing its support contract but will continue to hold licenses for the Lasergene software. This means that Lasergene will still be available after the support contract ends however we will no longer supply updates to the software. This will allow continued access to stored information until complete discontinuation on 1/26/2018.
What is replacing Lasergene?
MSI is not purchasing a specific replacement for the Lasergene software. However, much of the functionality that MacVector supplies is present in open source, industry standard tools such as GATK, IGV and BWA/Bowtie
What if I need the newest version of Lasergene?
Lasergene can be purchased directly from the Lasergene, Inc via their website: https://www.dnastar.
Please contact us if you have additional questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lasergene Core Suite is a comprehensive DNA, RNA, and protein sequence analysis software suite comprised of ten applications which include functions ranging from sequence assembly and SNP detection, to automated virtual cloning and primer design, to creating publication-quality illustrations of your genome.
How to Access Software
To access this software connect to the Windows systems following the instructions on the How do I connect to a Citrix Windows Virtual Machine? page. The software can be found under Start->All programs->DNASTAR Lasergene10 Core Suite.
How to Use the Software
Full documentation is available once you launch any of the programs by selecting the help menu in the top toolbar.