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Gene Codes Corporation Announces Version 4.8 of Sequencher Software for DNA Sequence Assembly & Analysis
Date:10/24/2007

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Gene Codes Corporation, a leading bioinformatics software developer, announced the immediate availability of the next version of Sequencher, its award-winning Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequence assembly and analysis program.

Researchers in academic labs and pharmaceutical companies around the world study DNA, which contains the essential genetic instructions key to an organism's growth and development, in hopes of discovering the causes of disease, and the development of novel treatments or diagnostics, and Sequencher is a key tool in their research. Version 4.8 continues Gene Codes tradition of providing DNA assembly software that is easy to learn, fast to use, and powerful enough to handle virtually any DNA sequencing need.

Among the new features in version 4.8 are improvements to the Variance Table tool, introduced in version 4.6, which allows researchers to quickly and easily find DNA mutations and Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) in their sequences. SNPs are single nucleotide changes in the DNA associated with diversity and certain diseases. Sequencher 4.8 now has the ability to filter the range of sequences examined and along with the new Translated Variance Table functionality provide a powerful way to focus on only those DNA sequence changes that result in changes in protein coding. Additional new features in Sequencher 4.8 include additional enhancements to GenBank feature handling, new contextual menus, and four new reporting options that help researchers save and present their results along with supporting data.

David Adams M.D Ph.D., a Clinical Investigator and Sequencher 4.8 Beta tester said, "Sequencher 4.8 contains a welcome new feature that keeps track of protein and cDNA numbering in DNA assemblies. This ability greatly simplifies the task of comparing your experimental data to a genomic DNA reference when looking for mutations or other changes. This feature alone reinforces Sequencher as one of the premier tools for sequence analysis."

Howard Cash, Gene Codes Corporation founder and President, said, "With each new version of Sequencher, we continue to refine a product that so many biologists around the world rely on for their daily DNA sequence assembly needs. By adding key features requested by our customers, we've made Sequencher 4.8 even more powerful without sacrificing the ease of use for which we're famous."

More information about Sequencher v 4.8 is available from Gene Codes Corporation through the website at http://www.genecodes.com, or by email at info@genecodes.com. Current Sequencher users can upgrade for free, or at reduced cost. Please contact your sales representative at (734) 769-7249, or (800) 497-4939 for details.

About Gene Codes

Gene Codes Corporation http://www.genecodes.com is a bioinformatics software development company based in Ann Arbor Michigan and dedicated to producing top quality software tools to help speed and simplify Life Science researchers daily tasks. Gene Codes combines state-of-the-art programming techniques, rigorous quality standards and an open dialogue with customers to create scientist-friendly, user-centered products that meet and exceed the very demanding requirements of the life sciences research community. Since inception in 1988, Gene Codes has focused on developing and continually improving its flagship product Sequencher, for both Apple Macintosh and PC platforms. Gene Codes Forensics, a division of Gene Codes Corporation, developed the software that was used to identify the victims of the World Trade Center disaster on 9/11, and has been involved in victim identification at other disasters including the Thai Tsunami in 2004.


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