By Nature Publishing Group
The draft human genome sequence, announced in 2000 promised great insights into human biology, medicine and evolution. To celebrate the 10th anniversary, Nature has repackaged the Human Genome at Ten news special into a free iPad App. In this special, Nature asks whether the sequence has delivered the insights that were anticipated, and what lessons have been learned from the first post-genome decade. Human genetics in 2010 looks infinitely more complex, and questions about how to make sense of the explosion in biological data are only becoming more pressing. The Nature Human Genome iPad special edition contains landmark research as well as exclusive video commentary from Nature's genetics editor, who discusses the past, present and future of genomics. In addition, the App features an interactive graph displaying a timeline of human genome research over the past ten years and includes audio clips from authors discussing their papers.
Interesting content (and free!), but the app doesn't work for me. It's very slow (loads these weird distorted and pixelated images for 5-10 sec before the regular one, on each page). I also can't scroll down within a page, so I see only the first few paragraphs of text.
Most features don't work in iOS 5. Please update.
One star for this information being shared for free: thank you. One star for this app sharing information I am interested in reading about. Again, thanks. Minus one star for the 5-8 seconds required to wait for the pixilated fuzziness to sharpen in steps when switching between pages. If this was really "written for the iPad" then this should not be happening... It is annoying and messes with my eyes. Minus one star for the app not remembering where I was reading when closing it and coming back later. Minus a third star for my having to wade through the pixilated screens again to get to where I left off before. Honestly, this app reminds me of the days when computers were new and we had dial up modems. Right now, I am not inspired to pursue other apps by this publisher... Please improve and I will happily change my point of view.
Needs to be moved to newsstand, but otherwise a Great app. Other comments list the benefits.
The app is extremely informative, giving a good overview of the achievements made in the area of Human Genome project, after its 10 years of advancement. For a science enthusiast like me, this app is thoroughly stimulating. It leverages the amazing technologies of iPad to create a wonderful experience that is true of many great apps in the AppStore. And it is free, which is the other marvel! Thanks, Nature!
The app is fast, elegant and informative application with a good quality programming. Intuitive and ease to use. Totally worth the download.
Great app, well designed and it's FREE! Come on, what else can you guys expect?
I would like to see the Nature Publishing Group move toward electronic publishing as it's main platform. This special edition of the Human Genome at 10 is a good example of what science publishing can be--informative, mobile, slightly interactive and with more cost savings (oddly enough all magazines are put together via computer and sent to publishers in PDF or other formats). Hopefully, NPG will pay attention to the excitement generated by their experiment and offer electronic delivery. The special edition is highly informative and timely,showing the various scientific views on what the Human Genome project has meant to biology over the last decade, and it's implications and applications in the coming years.
Once upon a time, before I got into banking instead of, oh...medical school...I was really into microbiology and genetics back in college. I love this free (!!!) app for reminding me what I loved about my bio classes. Just a couple things, though, that I'd like to see: 1) I'd like to see the app take me to the last thing I read, just as iBooks or similar ereader apps will take you to where you left off in any given ebook 2) I'd like to see the ability to zoom in or out, just as I do when I'm reading stuff on webpages 3) I'd definitely love to see more of this here in the App Store, and for free (!!!) to boot :D