April 1, 2014 (Vol. 34, No. 7)
Strong Points: Many plugins, easy to use
Weak Points: Can’t browse plugins, can’t create account on app
Are you ready to navigate the genome? The BioGPS app (which nicely complements the corresponding web resource) allows users to search for gene information on the go. Users simply enter a gene name (symbol or accession number) into the search field to bring up information for that gene in any of the eight supported species. For a given gene, one can browse a gene expression profile across different tissues/cell types, a list of gene identifiers, and a link to the corresponding Wikipedia page. Users can add genes to a favorites list within the app for easy access. Beyond the basic gene information, the BioGPS app includes access to a number of “plugins” (corresponding to various genomics resources). Users can also search for specific plugins within the app and can similarly add them to a favorites list.