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Monthly Archives: November 2014

A Black Friday/Cyber Monday special….Buy MacVector 13.5 and get one free.

MacVector 13.5 is the best release yet for comparing large sequences and handling NGS data. The new interface is even more polished and further performance tuning has ensured this release of MacVector is faster than ever. If you do not yet have MacVector then the next seven days are just for you. Starting from today, […]

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Keep Blast running on MacVector 12.7.5 and earlier versions.

If you are running MacVector 12.7.5 or earlier Blast will stop working for you from the end of this month. The fix for this is below. MacVector makes it easy to run a Blast search from your Desktop, and retrieve the hits directly back into MacVector. MacVector does this by submitting these Blast searches directly […]

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101 things you (maybe) didn’t know about MacVector: #38 – Finding and Opening All The Sequences In Your Collection Containing Specific Genes

How often have you had a vector or sequence open and thought “I’m sure I have other vectors with that gene, but I can’t remember where they are”? If you are using MacVector 13.5, its very easy to quickly search folders on your hard drive to find all the sequences that contain that gene, then […]

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101 things you (maybe) didn’t know about MacVector: #37 – Testing PCR Primer Pairs Using Primer3

Over the past few releases of MacVector, we have been adding a lot of functionality to the Quicktest Primer and Primer Design (Primer3) interfaces and slowly removing the old outdated primer design functions. The general strategy is that anything you need to do with a single primer, you can accomplish using the Quicktest Primer interface. […]

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MacVector 13.5 is out

MacVector 13.5 was released last week. MacVector 13.5 is the best release yet. It’s had a redesign and rewrite of existing tools to make comparing large sequences faster and to improve handling of NGS data. Additionally the new interface, introduced in MacVector 13.0, has had many “tweaks” in response to user feedback. Plus a continued […]

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101 things you (maybe) didn’t know about MacVector: #36 – Changing the circular origin of a plasmid

While most MacVector analysis algorithms can handle circular sequences, its sometimes useful to be able to set the “12 o’clock” point to a different location on the circle. This is easy to do with recent MacVector releases. If you are using MacVector 13.5, then all you have to do is position the flashing caret between […]

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