Category Archives: Apps


Smartphone Fitness Apps Are Inaccurate and Unreliable

Researchers from the University of Toronto have evaluated several free fitness apps and found an unacceptable error percentage when compared to a pedometer. The authors recommend caution when using these apps for self-assessment of physical state or when used in clinical trials. The study was published in the journal BMC Research Notes. Physical activity is crucial to maintain a […]

Wearable Electronics Monitor Metabolites in Sweat

Researchers from UC Berkeley have developed wearable sensors that measure the metabolites and electrolytes in sweat and send the information to a smartphone. The device can monitor the users’ health in real time and warn them about fatigue or dehydration. The study was published in the journal Nature. Wearable electronics are the future of health […]

Mykrobe Predictor Software Identifies Antibiotic Resistance

Researchers from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics have developed a new software that predicts antibiotic resistance in bacteria by analyzing their genome. The new tool, called Mykrobe Predictor, was tested in Staphylococcus aureus and Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and the results were similar to common phenotypic tests. The study has been published in Nature Communications. The increase in bacterial […]

A smartphone accessory to detect sickle cell disease

A team of scientists from four top American universities have developed a smartphone attachment that allows to detect sickle cell disease. The 3D printed device uses the phone´s camera and an application. Composed of magnets, a microcapillary and optical components, it can detect the density of red blood cells in deoxygenated conditions and thus identify the […]

Next Gen Seqencing Helix

Illumina Launches Helix, App Store for Genetic Analysis

Illumina announced formation of a customer focused company that seeks to provide affordable sequencing and analysis tools marketplace through third party providers at affordable costs. Formed in partnership with Warburg Pincus and Sutter Hill Ventures, with a $100 million investment, the new venture will form an umbrella under which other genetic sequencing database service providers […]

The Labster Effect — Virtual Laboratories for Educational Institutions

What good is studying science without getting a feel of how things are done in an actual laboratory? But setting up a laboratory is a costly affair and not every school or college can afford it. Setting up a private laboratory in the basement of the house is not always a feasible option either. Labster […]


A New Software to Improve CRISPR/Cas9 Targeting

Scientists from Harvard and University of California have designed an online tool to optimize CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats)/Cas9 targeting. The researchers compared genomic DNA (gDNA) and CRISPR guide RNA libraries for more than 1400 gene loci. The library-on-library method allowed to obtained common patterns for the most active and specific guide RNAs. The […]

Researcher Identity Network THOR Launched

The THOR (Technical and Human infrastructure for Open Research) project for researcher identification has officially launched. THOR is a state-of-the-art identifier network built on services provided by ORCID and DataCite that will allow researchers to have a Persistent Identifier (PID) that will be maintained throughout their whole career. This will enable researchers to have their […]