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HudsonAlpha iCell

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***Updated 3.2***
Now with a faster load time and fixes for crashes during startup.

We kept the name and the icon, but have rebuilt almost everything else based on suggestions we received from you, the users. iCell 3.0 includes all new 3D models of cellular organelles that are more accurate and realistic than those previously released on the iPhone/iPad. We have included additional organelles previously not found in the iPhone/iPad app. The iPad version also supports the ability to choose among three levels of detail in the descriptions of the cellular structures. Finally, we have redesigned the user interface with new menus and quicker load times between cell types. As always, iCell allows users a 3D view inside of a typical plant, animal and bacterial cell. Easily navigable and simple to use, iCell gives users an intuitive tool to compare animal, plant and bacterial cell structure.

iCell gives students, teachers, and anyone interested in biology a 3D view inside a cell. Included are examples of three types of cells: animal, plant, and bacteria. Learn about the various parts of the cell, which biologists, biochemists, and DNA researchers at the HudsonAlpha Institute study and use to advance the limits of biotechnology.

You can use your finger to tap on parts of the cell to select and zoom in on that particular organelle. Each organelle comes with a name and a short description of its function in the cell.

For a better view of each cell, hold down one finger on the screen, and drag to rotate around the cell or selected organelle. You can zoom in and out by pinching or flaring with two fingers at once.

We hope you enjoy!

What's New in Version 3.2

Significantly faster load and bug fixes for crashes on start.


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Customer Reviews


Whilst I really like the 3D approach, I think the app falls down by not having enough detail. There's some advanced explanations, but the graphics don't support it. Why aren't ribosomes mentioned? how come we haven't got a way to tunnel down to the DNA/ RNA molecule? Where's some detail showing the fluid mosaic model of the plasma membrane. Adding these things will enhance the app's appeal to a far greater extent. Regards Greg Munyard Biology teacher

I cells

This game has undoubtedly been disappointing as people proclaim a minimum amount of cells to examine which subsequently degrades this game. However this game is also excellent as it provides explicit and essential detail which is required when depicting cells.

Great App but little Detail!

This app is overall informative and useful for the basics of Cell structure, but the information is in a font too small and barely describes the organelle.

It would be great to add more detail and perhaps introduce more features! Looking forward to an update that this app needs!

HudsonAlpha iCell
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Education
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  • Version: 3.2
  • Size: 18.9 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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