Popular Science Apps : Biology


In our popular science apps series, we are now focusing on a few apps suitable for our students studying biology. These are helpful tools that you can use for reference and to assist you in your lab work. Where possible we have selected free apps for iOS and Android devices. You are sure to find one of interest to help you in your studies.

iPhone, iPad and Android
iCell (HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology). Price: Free

This handy little app is useful as a reference resource to view 3D models of organelles within cells. The top level has three main sections: animal, plant and bacteria. Clicking on one allows you to see the typical structure of an animal, plant or bacteria cell. A user can then rotate the 3D image by dragging the finger around on the screen. A user can zoom in and out by pinching and flaring the fingers. Each organelle can be zoomed in on to see the name and a basic description. In the iPad version, a user can also choose among three levels of detail in the descriptions of the cellular structures. Tap again and the image zooms out.Student with mobile device

Android
Visual Anatomy Free (Education Mobile). Price: Free
iPhone and iPad
Visual Anatomy Lite (Education Mobile). Price: Free

The Visual Anatomy app is an interactive reference tool showing all human body anatomy systems in visual detail. Some images come directly from the premier reference book, Gray’s Anatomy. All images from Gray’s Anatomy are included in the paid version of the app.

The app has more than 500 feature points with labels, full descriptions and high-resolution images. Organs have rotational 3D images able to be viewed and muscles have a highlighting tool to view them in more detail. It has a search function to find the organ, system, bone or muscle a user is looking for. A user can pinch or tap zoom on each feature to look at it more closely. It also features a multiple-choice quiz to test yourself on your knowledge. It supports the following languages: English, French, Spanish and German.