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Nov 01, 2011 (Vol. 31, No. 19)

Biochemistry Lab Suite (Developer: rpor)

URL:bit.ly/MXcQt5
  • Variety of tools, organized user interface
  • Nothing major
Platform: Android Phone  
Cost: Free

Although this app may have been designed primarily for scientists who work in the field of mass spectrometry-based proteomics, it turns out to be a handy reference for any life scientist. The app is divided into three sections: solutions, proteins, and chemicals. The “proteins” tab includes mass spectrometry-based tools, such as calculated peptide fragmentations and mass shifts. There is also a convenient chart of amino acid properties. So what are the more general resources? The “solutions” section includes a tool that calculates the molecular weight of a user-entered molecular formula. This molecular weight can, in turn, be inputted to the stock solution calculator. The third component of the app, “chemicals,” includes a tool to identify metabolites from a parent compound; there are also lists of detergent properties and information about each of the atomic elements.

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