From The Molecular Ecology Resources bioinformatics wiki
|Author(s)||Rod Peakall and Peter Smouse|
|Category||Population genetics, teaching programs, codominant markers, microsatellites.|
|Last release||version 6.5 - August 30, 2012.|
Program highlights and capabilitites
GenAlEx, short for "Genetic Analysis in Excel", is a user-friendly cross-platform package for population genetic analysis that runs within Microsoft Excel™. GenAlEx enables population genetic data analysis of codominant, haploid and binary genetic data providing analysis tools applicable to plants, animals and microorganisms. GenAlEx was originally developed as a tool to assist us in our teaching of population genetic analysis, and is now widely used by university teachers and researchers around the world. In GenAlEx 6, we are pleased to introduce many new features for both teachers and researchers.
- Peakall, R. & P.E. Smouse. 2006. GENALEX 6: genetic analysis in Excel. Population genetic software for teaching and research. Molecular Ecology Notes 6(1): 288-295.
- Peakall, R. & P.E. Smouse. 2012. GenAlEx 6.5: genetic analysis in Excel. Population genetic software for teaching and research – an update. Bioinformatics. In press.
- GenAlEx returns to the Macintosh from September 2010.
- On Macintosh computers, GenAlEx has always been compatible with Excel 2004 (and earlier) but not Excel 2008. This is because Microsoft removed the ability of Excel 2008 to run Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), the macro language of Microsoft Office. The early release of Excel 2011 for Intel-based Macs* (Sep 2010) has seen VBA return to Microsoft Office for the Macintosh. This is great news for Macintosh users who can now access the full benefits of GenAlEx within Excel 2011, including full compatibility with Excel 2010 on the PC. GenAlEx users will particularly welcome the ability to analysis genetic data containing more than 256 columns which has been available for PC users since 2007.
- Note that Excel 2011 for Macintosh will only run on Intel-based Macs. Therefore, if you are running a PPC Macintosh you can only run GenAlEx in Excel 2004, or earlier.
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