January 1, 2015 (Vol. 35, No. 1)


Strong Points: Many ways to sort/display compounds
Weak Points: Most information from outside links, requires internet connection




While “Tuberculosis Mobile” doesn’t exactly sound like the sort of thing you’d want to carry around with you, I assure you that this app is quite safe. TB Mobile allows researchers to explore a set of molecules that have been identified as being active against Mycobacterium tuberculosis. From the collection of chemical structures displayed on the home screen of the app, users can filter the display based on essentiality of the compounds or the existence of a human homolog. Alternatively, the chemicals can be filtered by gene target or affected pathway. Upon selecting a given compound, app users can access more information about it via links to online resources such as the TB Database and PubMed. (Thus, the app requires users to have an internet connection or data plan.)

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