Model of Proteus submarine from The Fantastic Voyage Courtesy of janitor (cc 2.0 license)

A research team from Carnegie Mellon University and Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason has developed a game-changing technique of “stepping inside” biological data. It’s sort of like The Fantastic Voyage meets iMAX. The research was funded through an initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation.

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Yongxin (Leon) Zhao, an assistant professor of biological sciences at Carnegie Mellon’s College of Science, developed a technique increasing biopsy samples to more than 100 in volume.

A technique developed by Tom Skillman at BRI lets researchers manipulate 2D expansion microscopy images in 3D, offering a 360-degree view of tissue and molecule interactions.

This is the future of how scientists will handle complex data,” Zhao said. “It’s an immersive experience, just like you are sitting inside your data. You have the freedom to explore your data from every angle and every spot.”