Friday, July 11, 2014

iPhone apps from Wiley Current Protcols

Current Protocols is a resource of procedures and protocols for the lab. Whether it's  Immunology Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Mouse Biology, or Neuroscience, Current protocols provides step by step directions, ingredient lists and even videos for some techniques.

But that's not all. Current Protocols now offers three apps for iOS to increase your productivity in the laboratory:  Biological Buffer Calculator, CD Antigens Information Finder, and a DNA/RNA/Protein and General Molecular Weight Calculator. Click the link for more information in iTunes preview.

Biological Buffer Calc
Biological Buffer Calculator 
Chemical/biochemical pocket companion designed by the editors of Current Protocols. Choose from a list of all of the commonly used biological buffer systems, enter your desired volume, pH, and buffer concentration, as well as the concentrations of your stock solutions of the conjugate acid and base, and the calculator will inform you of the exact volumes of these stock solutions to mix in order to obtain the buffer needed.

CD Antigens FinderCD Antigens Information Finder
CD molecules are cell-surface antigens identifiable by their reactions with specific monoclonal antibodies, which represent an important system for identifying and differentiating human cells. The CD Antigen Information Finder was adapted from Current Protocols in Immunology (Beare, et al., 2008. Monoclonal Antibodies to Human Cell Surface Antigens. Curr. Protoc. Immunology. 80:A.4A.1–A.4A.73) and includes data on the molecular weight, family, molecular structure, cellular expression patterns, function, and biomedical usefulness of the molecule. The database is searchable by the official CD designation of the antigen as well as by synonyms and other keywords including associated diseases and tissue/organ names.

DNA/RNA/Protein and General Molecular Weight Calculator
DNA/RNA/Protein and General Molecular Weight Calculator
Chemical/biochemical pocket companion designed by the editors of Current Protocols. Type in or copy/paste any nucleic acid base sequence, any protein or peptide amino acid sequence (in one- or three-letter codes accessible from a convenient menu), or any standard chemical formula, and obtain the molecular weight. Allows estimates of the molecular weights of unknown nucleic acid or protein/peptide sequences on the basis of sequence length and average base/amino acid molecular weights. Also includes a list of 1200 of the most commonly encountered organic and inorganic compounds, which may be immediately selected in order to calculate their molecular weights, as well as an easy-to-access list of the chemical elements, which may be plugged into any chemical formula.