View Full Version : Smartphone App for Genes on Earth Is Tool for Scientists and Entertaining for All

09-23-2010, 02:39 AM
The scientists who put an innovative tree of life online last year now have made that same resource available -- free -- for smartphones. The new "TimeTree" application lets anyone with an Apple iPhone harness a vast Internet storehouse of data about the diversity of life, from bacteria to humans. The intuitive interface is designed to answer a simple question, quickly and authoritatively: how long ago did species A and species B share a common ancestor?

Timetrees are used widely in research in evolutionary biology, as well as in other fields. They are used to explore the tree of life with the best scientific estimates of two critical factors: the historical order in which the different lifeforms branched off in new evolutionary directions on the tree of life -- the phylogeny factor -- plus the number of millions of years ago when these branching events occurred -- the timescale factor. Timetrees are used in the realm of human health, for example, to determine when disease-causing organisms first appeared and the speed at which their genes have changed -- information that could lead to better treatments or cures.


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09-23-2010, 08:45 PM
I don't see it in the app store. Gulalai have you downloaded it?

Its not yet released, I checked too.

09-25-2010, 01:16 AM
@AseerJaan: It is strange that you can't download it:hmmm:
Go to App Store on your iPhone, then type "TimeTree" in the search box. Click on the first link and download it.It is free. It shows up as first link.
I hope it works this time.

@Jaminey: Yes, I do.