Question: Android Bioinformatics App Suggestions?
gravatar for Cells Dividing
7.8 years ago by
Cells Dividing30 wrote:

I'm wanting to develop my first Android app in my spare time and am looking for any suggestions from the community for something people might find useful.

Post your app suggestions here!

(Please note I will be making the app free and would also be interested to hear from anyone wanting to jointly develop something with me).

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ADD COMMENTlink written 7.8 years ago by Cells Dividing30

Hi there. I might be interested to participate in developing - just let me know the details.

ADD REPLYlink written 7.8 years ago by Biomonika (Noolean)3.1k
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7.8 years ago by
London, UK
Giovanni M Dall'Olio27k wrote:

I think that anything that will make use of the touch screen to explore datasets will be great. One of the most common problems in bioinformatics is having to navigate huge genomic regions, multiple alignments, etc.., and this is much easier to do with a touchscreen than with a mouse.

So, a few suggestions:

  • a simple interface to the UCSC browser to navigate genomic regions.
  • a tool to edit multiple alignments using the touchscreen. You can take inspiration from jalview, seaview and the others.

Take into account that I am not sure if there are already existing applications for doing these tasks. You should make a search first.

ADD COMMENTlink written 7.8 years ago by Giovanni M Dall'Olio27k

Thanks for the reply.

An interface to UCSC might be a bit ambitious for my first app! (and as far as I know there's no public API/webservice to access the track data). I know that JBrowse is very useable with a touch interface so there might not be a point in me reinventing the wheel for that.

Your multiple alignment idea sounds good - I'll have a think about it.

Here are a few other ideas I've had:

  • Something useful for the "web lab" people so that they can use the app on the bench instead of a piece of paper and calculator i.e. calculating concentrations or some other routine task they commonly do? (I'm not a wet lab person myself so don't know what is a common task for them)
  • Pubmed interface/search
  • NCBI access - download/lookup sequences, genes etc then do something with it - i.e. BLAST

If anyone has any comments/can develop any ideas further then I'd love to have their input...

ADD REPLYlink written 7.8 years ago by Cells Dividing30
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7.8 years ago by
Istvan Albert ♦♦ 84k
University Park, USA
Istvan Albert ♦♦ 84k wrote:

Some sort of sample information tracking with entry/management on the phone.

Fundamentally the problem is that each lab has its own protocols and methods - this often makes using a big LIMS unwieldy. What would be great is a system that would allow people to design the fields for each protocol then save/exchange records easily via a centralized server.

This should be done while teamed up with a larger lab not just on your own and while continuously evaluating how it works in practice.

ADD COMMENTlink written 7.8 years ago by Istvan Albert ♦♦ 84k


i have an idea . i m thinking to design operating system for bioinformatics in mobile phone. we can do this by using android. as we know android is open source and running under linux kernal. so i think we can design biological OS for cell phone. we have already bio java libraries. we can use them according to our requirement. i have some other ideas like this we can design android ECG machine and android ultrasound machine etc. but for this we have to do some hardware level changes. i need a team.. please contact me if anyone interested skype id: m.umer.f1

ADD REPLYlink written 7.8 years ago by m.umer.f110

Check online - there are already some bioinformatics apps for android, e.g. for sequence alignment and bench width measurement.

ADD REPLYlink written 7.7 years ago by Biomonika (Noolean)3.1k
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