GSL Biotech SnapGene

Version6(as of 10/14/2022)
PlatformsWindows, Mac, Linux
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Main Features

  • Support for common DNA sequence file formats, such as GenBank and ApE
  • In-Fusion cloning tool creates seamless gene fusions
  • Gibson Assembly inserts fragments into a plasmid without the use of restriction enzymes
  • Automatic documentation records all of the steps in your cloning project

Software Overview

Screenshot of GSL Biotech SnapGene 6
Screenshot of GSL Biotech SnapGene 6

GSL Biotech SnapGene is a molecular biology program used to create, visualize, and document DNA, RNA, and protein sequences. The software supports many sequence formats and includes various analysis tools. It is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

SnapGene can import and export many sequence file formats, such as ApE, Gene Construction Kit, GenBank, DNASTAR Lasergene, and MacVector. Additionally, the app provides tools to plan, visualize, and document your molecular biology procedures. For example, the program's In-Fusion cloning tool simulates gene fusions of your selected DNA fragments. As you work, SnapGene highlights DNA restriction sites, automatically marking sites blocked by methylation, and allows you to choose or define custom enzyme sets.

The software enables you to browse large DNA sequences and quickly navigate chromosomes with the help of intelligent searching and zooming controls. As you perform all these functions, SnapGene automatically records each step in your cloning project; every time you edit a sequence or perform a simulation, the app logs the procedure in a graphical history.


SnapGene is an impressive application for handling molecular biology procedures. It provides various useful DNA sequence analysis tools and supports many file formats. GSL Biotech SnapGene is an excellent laboratory resource that will aid you in your visualization and analysis of DNA sequences.

Primary File Type

dna icon.DNASnapGene DNA File

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.DNASnapGene DNA File
.AB1DNA Electropherogram File
.ABIDNA Chromatogram File
.CM5Clone Manager File
.FAFASTA Formatted Sequence File
.PD4Clone Manager Primer File
.PROTSnapGene Protein File
.PX5Clone Manager Primer Collection File
.RNASnapGene RNA File
.SBDDNASTAR SeqBuilder File
.SCFDNA Sequence Chromatogram File
.SEQDNA Sequence Text File
.XDNADNA Strider Sequence File

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.FAAFASTA Sequence File
.FASFASTA Sequence File
.FASTAFASTA Sequence File
Updated 10/14/2022