Favorite Life Science iPhone™ Apps

A billion App downloads, thousands of Apps–it can be hard to navigate the many options out there. Among the many choices there are a growing number of Apps for scientists. I think that the App Store needs a Science category to make them easier to find; most of the science Apps are currently scattered throughout the Reference, Education and Medical categories. Here are a few of my favorites, excluding the Promega App (due to my obvious bias).

PubMed On Tap: This App offers convenient access to PubMed articles from the iPhone. The interface is clean and easy to use, and there is a nice option to email references.

iCut DNA: Comprehensive information on restriction enzymes from the ReBase database. Gives cut sites, compatible ends, methylation sensitivity, etc. You can  search by enzyme or by recognition sequence.

iAmino: A simple App for students that gives all the basic details for each amino acid. This includes structure, isoelectric point, codons, mass, and more. Also includes a link to Wikipedia for more detail.

Molecules: This 3D modeling App makes good use of the touch screen interface. You can rotate, zoom and view molecules as needed.

Buffers: This is a really handy reference that gives the recipes and other details on 35 commonly used buffer solutions. You can adjust the volume and concentration required, and it provides the recipe you need.

I’m sure there are many others I haven’t discovered yet. I’d be interested to hear of any science Apps you find useful.

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Isobel Maciver

Isobel is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and of Aston University in Birmingham, U.K. She is a technical writer and editor, and is also manager of the Scientific Communications group at Promega. She enjoys writing about issues in science and communication.

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