HudsonAlpha’s educational application, iCell, was named Resource of the Month for April by Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code, a collaboration between the National Human Genome Research Institute and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History to highlight the increasing relevance of genomics in people’s lives.
“iCell is the second awardee of Resource of the Month, and we are particularly excited because it was chosen in the month which includes the National Human Genome Research Institute’s special edition newsletter and events around DNA Day,” said Educational Outreach Coordinator, Adam Hott, Ed.D.
ULC said that even the least interested biology students will be mesmerized by this program, which lets them move the entire cell, or parts of it, as they explore parts of this critical structure – an experience a bit like driving on Street View with Google Maps, but even easier.
“The contents of a cell and the differences between bacterial, plant and animal cells are among the most challenging concepts on science assessment tests,” said HudsonAlpha Vice President for Educational Outreach Neil Lamb, Ph.D. “Many biology students have difficulty remembering the parts of a cell or visualizing the structure, and the iCell app can really help.”
In addition, Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code sees iCell as a valuable educational tool for classes of students with diverse abilities and believes students will gain a deeper understanding of cell structure after observing the cell in a 3-D space.