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December 01, 2013 (Vol. 33, No. 21)

Open Worm Browser

  • Multiple views, can highlight single cells
  • Two-fingered drag navigation a bit difficult
Platform: iPad/iPhone  
Cost: $0.99

One typically requires a microscope to visualize the genetic model organism C. elegans. However, with the help of the Open Worm Browser app, anyone can take an up-close-and-personal look at these microscopic worms, in the form of a 3D animated model. This model is fully rotatable and can be enlarged via standard pinch-and-zoom iPad mechanics. Using two fingers, users can drag the model across the screen to display the specific region of interest. App users can select different views of the model—these include the cuticle view (showing only the worm’s exterior), or interior views comprised of organs, muscles, or the nervous system. One or multiple views can be selected at once. Within each view, users can choose to highlight specific cells from a drop-down menu.

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