Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

JUL 2018

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For more information, visit our website (, click on New Products, and search through our comprehensive new products database. New Products 30 | JULY 2018 | Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | Best Science Apps Links to the apps described above are posted on GEN's website, To suggest an app for Best Science Apps, please send a link to Key Strong Points Weak Points Excellent Ratings Very Good Good 9 – HHHH HHH HH Merck Manual Professional HHHH Platform: iPad/iPhone Available for Android: Yes Cost: Free 9 Enormous amount of information, well organized The Merck Manual – Professional Version is an excellent resource for medical professionals. The app includes an extensive list of medical topics, ranging from clinical pharmacology to gas- trointestinal disorders. Each topic includes additional informa- tion about different types of disorders, including their general description, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. The app also contains an enormous list of clinical calculators, which allow users to calculate Bayesian statistics, mean vascular pressure, cardiac output, and everything in between. There are also a variety of resources, including information about normal lab values for a range of metrics, and case studies and quizzes. The Merck Manual is an astoundingly comprehensive resource for clinical practice and is a great tool for clinicians or anyone taking an interest in their health. EverydayDNA HHHH Platform: iPad/iPhone Available for Android: Yes Cost: Free 9 Beautiful layout, informative and easy to use – Need to create an account to bookmark genes EverydayDNA is a great app for learning about common genes associ- ated with disorders found in humans. The app allows users to search for genes based on their primary location in the body. Clicking on a particular gene provides information about the gene itself, the proteins it encodes, the disorders that have been linked to the gene, and any associated medicines. In addition to searching by gene, users are also able to search by disorder, trait, or medicine. Links to external resources are provided for anyone who desires additional information about a particular gene, and users who create an account are able to bookmark genes of interest to come back to later. The app is beautifully designed and easy to browse, and it provides a convenient way to learn more about clinically relevant genes. Learn to Code with Python HHHH Platform: iPad/iPhone Available for Android: Yes Cost: Free 9 Nice user interface, easy to use Python is an amazingly versatile programming lan- guage that can be used for everything from building software to help experiments run more smoothly, to visualizing and graphing data. Like any language, com- puter or otherwise, learning Python can be difficult, but apps like Learn to Code with Python, from Solo Learn, can help. The app takes users through Python 3 in a logical way, starting with basic concepts and pro- gressing through more complex topics as users com- plete lessons. Users who already know some Python are able to test out of more basic lessons and jump ahead. There is also a code playground, where users can upload code, and a Q&A discussion forum for those that get stuck. Learn to Code with Python is a great app for increasing your coding skills on the go. Leps by Fieldguide HH Platform: iPad/iPhone Available for Android: Yes Cost: Free 9 Beautiful images, users are encouraged to contribute images – Little information about species other than taxonomy If you find yourself outside of the lab and struck by the presence of an unfa- miliar butterfly or moth, then Leps by Fieldguide may be the app for you. The app is a collection of images of different species of butterflies and that have been uploaded by curious users. Clicking on an image brings up information about the organism's taxonomy and life stage, and users can comment, like, and share these images. The app also allows users to contribute to the field guide by directly uploading their own images of butterflies or moths that they have come across. Leps by Fieldguide is an interesting take on the traditional field guide and provides beautiful images of these insects that are enjoyable to peruse. SciPro Math HHH Platform: iPad/iPhone Available for Android: No Cost: $4.99 9 User-friendly, able to save equations and variables – Similar to other calculator apps SciPro Math is a great app if you ever find yourself needing to do some trigonometry on the go. This calculator app contains basic mathematical operations, but also has the capability to perform more complex tasks, like solving equations involving imaginary numbers or pi. The app allows users to save infor- mation into variables which can be brought up again later and used in equations. Users are also able to solve these advanced equations on the app and save those equations so that they can be revisited later on. Overall, SciPro Math is a good alternative to lugging around a bulky scientific calculator, as it conveniently allows you to store variables and equations and is useful for solving a variety of math- ematical problems. Twitter HHH Platform: iPad/iPhone Available for Android: Yes Cost: Free 9 Can tailor feed to what you want to see – Need an account to use Twitter may seem like an odd choice for a science app, but in fact the app has become a hub for scientific com- munication. Twitter is already well known as a social media platform, and the app itself is straightforward: Once you have an account, you can send out tweets, follow people, and scroll through your feed to see what people have said recently. The real use of Twitter comes from who you follow, and there is no shortage of great accounts to follow for the science-minded. Most major scientific journals are on Twitter and routinely tweet links to their latest publications. Additionally, many prominent scientists use the platform and tweet about research from their labs or general thoughts on current scientific topics. Twitter also makes it easy to connect with peers through hashtags and searches, making it a great tool for networking and exchanging scientific ideas for the modern era.

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