iPhone app for biologists

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    • #12768
      ivanya
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      Hello guys,

      I am developing applications for iPhone/iPod touch and looking for a new idea. Actually, since I am a PhD student in bioinformatics, I am interested in biology and would like to make a useful app for biologists. Recently, I released a GeneticCode app and it seems to be pretty useful — there are >3,000 downloads already and good rating.

      Unfortunately, I never really worked in a usual ("wet") biological lab and don’t know what kind of app might be useful there. If you have an idea, please write here. If it is not difficult to implement — I will make it. The app will be FREE.

      PS I was thinking about an app with maps of the widely-used plasmids, or for example set of the most important biological pathways? Would it be useful, how do you think?

    • #97638
      JackBean
      Participant

      How many biologists uses iPhone in the lab?

    • #97639
      ivanya
      Participant

      This is a good questions. I don’t know, actually. But it is also about iPod touch. Some biologists may do their experiments while listening to music…

    • #97644
      mith
      Participant

      cell counter(clicker)
      dilution/volume/concentration conversion

    • #97645
      JackBean
      Participant

      what is cell counter?

      But timer would be probably fine

    • #97661
      jonmoulton
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      Nucleotide sequence analysis tools:
      – generate complement of sequence
      – calculate mass of oligo
      – translate mRNA sequence to polypeptide sequence
      – access & download selected sequence from NCBI, Ensembl, UCSD
      – analyze for self-complementarity (canonical pairing and non-canonical pairs (e.g. G-T))
      – Tm calculation for oligos
      – restriction mapping

      Heck, while we’re at it…
      – map splice sites from Ensembl onto GenBank transcripts
      – locate probable miRNA response elements on mRNA 3′-UTRs
      – calculate base composition statistics for nucleic acid seq. (%A, %C, %G, %T, %CG, %GT)

      Now I’ll need an iPhone…

    • #97665
      JackBean
      Participant

      do you really think, that this will be done on iPhone instead of laptop? I don’t know, but you probably won’t write down your sequence in the lab and check for that stuff but you will probably do it before you go to lab, won’t you?

    • #97669
      Darwin420
      Participant

      Jack….you really are against iphones aren’t you?

    • #97674
      JackBean
      Participant

      For sure not 🙂 Maybe because I have only some old cell phone only for calls and messages, so I don’t see much such usage.
      But I’m still with what I wrote before. IMHO you should do such things before you go to lab…

    • #97809
      BioProf
      Participant

      Ouch! I could see, perhaps conversions – but really. If it was my lab and any of the grad students were using the iphone apps – they’d be off my research!! There are computers in the lab – and Pandora is not banned from the computers, any of this information is available online from more (sorry) respectable sources PNAS, NCBI and blast.

      I dont think your idea is bad, I guess it could be beneficial – but using my iPhone I still have access via the net all of the programs and sites mentioned above.

    • #97810
      ivanya
      Participant
      quote BioProf:

      using my iPhone I still have access via the net all of the programs and sites mentioned above.

      Yes, you are right. But the idea of iPhone app is to make use of that programs more convenient and faster. It’s very inconvenient to browse usual web-pages on iPhone, because the screen is too small.

      Also, I can make an app that will not require Internet connection and it will work everywhere and much faster than through Safari.

    • #97841
      mith
      Participant

      Depends on your target user, if you’re imagining a lazy grad student who wants those conversion/calculation formulas then yes. Otherwise there’s plenty of good/better ways to do lab work.

    • #99045
      nancysch
      Participant

      Hi,
      I was searching the web for iPhone apps on biological pathways, particularly second messenger pathways. That would be a brilliant idea! and I’d be willing to pay a few $. 😮

    • #99071
      mith
      Participant

      That’s more of a review app than an iphone app in general

    • #101270
      jesseolo
      Participant

      As a biology major an extremely useful app would be those that help a student study difficult areas of biochemistry, development, genetics etc…

    • #101479
      skandi16
      Participant

      It would be very helpful to get push notifications for keywords (like certain proteins) in literature. In other words, if there’s an app like pubmed tap but also contains push notifications feature, that’d be great!!

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