With the increasing ubiquity of smartphones, the growing popularity of tablets, and the burgeoning market for third-party applications, the public appetite for touchscreen technology is virtually impossible to ignore. It shouldn't, then, surprise anyone that bioinformatics software developers would look for ways to tap into the multi-touch market.

But it's not just about making sure that download tallies are going up. In fact, some life science application developers say they dipped into the app space out of sheer curiosity more than anything else.

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Helix customers can purchase apps that interpret different aspects of their genome, Technology Review reports.

The New York Times reports that a number of companies and research institutes are pursuing gene therapies.

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