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Are smartphones making inroads into the laboratory?

Mobile computing platforms such as the iPhone are beginning to make inroads into the laboratory—serious prospect or fairy tale? So asks Nature Methods (7, 87; 2010), starting its February Editorial in traditional genre style: “Once upon a time phones were used exclusively for conversing with other people, and computers ran software applications. The computer became an indispensable tool in the laboratory while the phone developed into a mobile device that has disrupted countless lectures at scientific conferences. But recently researchers can be seen talking on their computer and using their cell phone for running fancy—and sometimes powerful—software programs. This metamorphosis 

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