Posts Tagged ‘science’

Saving lives one iPhone at a time

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 07-25-2011

My iPhone is very precious to me. Until I had an iPhone, I wasn’t aware of how much I was missing. Now that I am an iPhone owner, I don’t know how I ever lived without one.

There are tons of awesome apps out there. For molecular biologists there is the NCBI Blast app, the MIQE app and the qPCR app (among others). There are also a number of cool health apps such as the urine blood glucose monitor or STD detector app.

Now another cool app has been added to your iPhone’s medical repitoire. The Melenoma Risk Assessment Tool by Health Discovery Corporation, is designed to help users learn about melanoma and identify areas on their skin which may need attention from a physician specializing in the diagnosis of melanoma.

Using the iPhone camera feature, users can take a picture of their skin lesions and moles and within seconds receive a risk analysis of their uploaded picture being a melanoma. Utilizing your iPhone GPS, MelApp can refer you to a nearby physician specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of melanoma for proper medical follow up, without the need to input a zip code or any personal information. These pictures also can be stored on MelApp and reviewed for changes in the skin lesions occurring over time.

For more information see the company’s official press release.

More Mendel Musings

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 07-20-2011

Google doodle has nothing on Khan Academy doodles!

A Tribute to Gregor Mendel

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 07-20-2011

In honor of Gregor Mendel’s 189th birthday.

How to run 25 simultaneous science projects without going crazy!

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 07-18-2011

Most professors have their favorite disease or gene and focus the bulk of their energy on solving the mysteries of their particular field of interest. They may have five or six projects running simultaneously, but for the most part, every project is designed around one research subject.

Dr. Jefffery Karp is the exception to that rule. His lab runs between 20-25 research project at any given time. Twenty to twenty five projects. That’s huge. Dr. Karp is the co-director of the Center for Regenerative Therapeutics (ReGen Rx) at Bringham Women’s Hospital and his lab develops breakthrough translational technologies such as the recently developed platform technology for monitoring single-cell interactions in real-time.

See the video below to see Dr. Karp in action.

Jeffrey Karp from BWH Public Affairs on Vimeo.

How realistic is your perception of science?

 :: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 07-07-2011

Here’s a great cartoon illustrating the perception of science in popular culture versus actual science. The cartoon was created by Paul Vallett over at the Electron CafĂ© and has been reprinted below with his permisson.