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Nov 01, 2012 (Vol. 32, No. 19)


  • Large video library
  • Unclear how often library is updated
Platform: iPad/iPhone  
Cost: Free

Forget the moniker “lab rat”—there’s a new term to describe your labmate: bench fly. OK, perhaps your labmate won’t appreciate the new nickname, but he/she will certainly appreciate the BenchFly app, a companion app to the website of the same name. With the Benchfly app, it is as if you are a fly on the wall in other laboratories, watching their protocols, learning the tricks of the trade, and picking up inside tips. That is because the app brings a large protocol video library to your fingertips. The videos span the subjects of biology, chemistry, instruments and equipment, and DNA/RNA, among others. The app also includes the option to record your own protocols, which you can upload through the “my bench” feature (requiring free registration). Full of useful information, I highly recommend this app to all you lab rats—er, I mean, bench flies—out there.

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*The opinions expressed are solely those of the author(s) and should not be construed as reflecting the viewpoints of the publisher, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., the publishing house, or employees and affiliates thereof.


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