updated 09:25 am EST, Fri February 24, 2006
OnScreen DNA preview
OnScreen Science, today announced a free preview version of OnScreen DNA, its software for learning about DNA structure and function. OnScreen DNA has been designed to give science teachers and learners a fully 3D and dynamic tool for visualizing and understanding DNA. The preview has many features of the full version, including the ability to rotate the virtual DNA double helix in 3D, identify all DNA component, and zoom in/out to obtain different perspectives; it also allows users to go through the beginning of the gene transcription learning activity--the first of six activities in the full versionn. The final version of OnScreen DNA will be released as a Universal Binary in first half of March 2006. The preview runs only runs on non-Intel systems with Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later. The company also offers OnScreen DNA Lite ($50, $174 for 10-pack), which consists of a detailed walkthrough of DNA's structure and the phenomena of denaturation and renaturation; it runs on PowerPC-based Macs running Mac OS X 10.3 or later (a native Intel version is due in March).