DNA MasterDNA Master
What is it?
DNA Master is a genome annotation and exploration tool designed and written by Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence, of the University of Pittsburgh. This is a stand-alone tool, and can be dowloaded here.
Operating System
DNA Master requires a Windows operating system. If you use a Mac or other type of operating system, DNA Master can be installed and run on an emulator (like Virtual Box) with a Windows virtual machine (we recommend purchasing a copy of—or license for—Windows XP).
System Requirements
PC Minimum Requirements
  • Windows XP or Windows Vista or Windows 7
  • Dual-core processor, 1.8 GHz
  • 1 GB RAM (if using XP)
  • 2 GB RAM (if using Vista/Windows 7)
  • 128 MB video memory
  • 5 GB free hard-drive space
  • DVD drive
  • Internet connection

  • Mac Minimum Requirements (using Windows virtual machine)
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or higher
  • Dual-core processor, 1.8 GHz (Intel-based Macs ONLY)
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 128 MB video memory
  • 25 GB free hard-drive space
  • DVD drive
  • Internet connection

  • * In many cases, problems have been caused by permissions settings that limit DNA Master's abilities. To avoid these common issues, make sure you run DNA Master as an administrator. Our install guide has instructions on how to create a Desktop shortcut that will always execute DNA Master as an administrator.

    Follow the appropriate instructions in the Installation Guide on our Documents page.
    Getting Started
    Once DNA Master is installed, you can follow the instructions in the Quick Start Guide on our Documents page to perform and explore a draft annotation. All you need is a genome sequence (in fasta format) to use as input. You can use your own, download one from any sequenced phage's page on this site, or try out our synthetic practice genome Etude.
    Complete Annotation Guide
    NOW AVAILABLE! The complete annotation guide is available from our Documents page.
    In the works...
    Check out our DNA Master FAQ/Troublshooting page. DNA Master also comes with help documentation.