Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed software that produces super-resolution virtual, 3D images of cells contained in actual individual samples, allowing scientists to better explore cells and proteins in such samples.

Their hope is the software tool will be a useful to visually analyzing the mechanics of disease and aiding in the development of new therapies.

“Biology occurs in 3D, but up until now it has been difficult to interact with the data on a 2D computer screen in an intuitive and immersive way,” said Steven Lee, a research team leader in Cambridge’s department of chemistry. “It wasn’t until we started seeing our data in virtual reality that everything clicked into place.”

This technology could prove to an incredibly useful tool particularly for genetic engineers .

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