April 1, 2014 (Vol. 34, No. 7)

URL:
http://bit.ly/1lIkvLi

Rating:
Strong Points: Many plugins, easy to use
Weak Points: Can’t browse plugins, can’t create account on app

Platform:
iPad/iPhone

Cost:
Free

Summary:

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.