Embryos come in many shapes and sizes, but in all cases, they form a three-dimensional structure. With the advent of new microscopy technology such as LightSheet, it is now possible to record the development of an embryo from all angles in high resolution, generating a 3D + time dataset. However, visualizing such datasets is usually limited by the need to create two-dimensional projections on a computer screen. Thankfully, the development of consumer-accessible Virtual Reality (VR) now allows researchers to “immerse” themselves in 3D or 4Ddata, and thus, to visualize such datasets in a three-dimensional world. Here, I present a newVR tool I developed to visualize and manipulate LightSheet microscopy datasets, along withsome new insights into the development of the amphipod crustacean Paryhale hawaiensis.
Visualizing embryo development in Virtual Reality
Leo Blondel, Cassandra G. Extavour
You can download the poster: Here
This work was done at Harvard in the Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) department, Cambridge, MA, USA.
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