GEN Exclusives

More »

Best Science Apps

More »
Jan 01, 2012 (Vol. 32, No. 1)

The Lazy Scientist (Dave Gibson)

URL:bit.ly/A9WW8N
  • Reverse complement feature, easy to use
  • Not useful for translating long sequences
Platform: Android Phone  
Cost: Free

Scientists, lazy? While I shudder at the mere suggestion, I will admit that we scientists are always appreciative of anything that can help save some time. That is exactly what The Lazy Scientist app offers, providing easy-to-use resources at the DNA-to-protein interface. (Yes, that’s right—you can input a DNA sequence and immediately receive the corresponding protein sequence, without having to mess with that pesky RNA intermediate.) I will say that the DNA sequence-to-protein feature is actually not the best feature of the app, as it is not convenient when working with peptide chains of any significant length. The most useful feature in my opinion is the fact that from your DNA sequence, you can get the reverse, complement, or reverse complement sequence. Now this is handy for designing PCR primers. Notably, there is also an E. coli back translate feature, as well as a DNA codon table.

  • Key:
  • Strong Points
  • Weak Points
  • Ratings:
  • Excellent
  • Very Good
  • Good

*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.

Jobs

GEN Jobs powered by HireLifeScience.com connects you directly to employers in pharma, biotech, and the life sciences. View 40 to 50 fresh job postings daily or search for employment opportunities including those in R&D, clinical research, QA/QC, biomanufacturing, and regulatory affairs.
 Searching...
More »

GEN Poll

More » Poll Results »

Megamerger Dealzapoppin Poll

What company not in this week’s M&A headlines do you think will be at the center of a megamerger, acquisition, or partial selloff this year?