Renderings of 3D cells in the body are traditionally displayed using 2D media, such as on a computer screen or paper; however, the advent of Virtual Reality (VR) headsets means it is now possible to visualize and interact with scientific data in a 3D virtual world. In a perspective article published in Traffic, experts highlight how cutting edge imaging techniques can be used to build a 3D virtual model of a cell, which will allow scientists, students, and members of the public to explore and interact with a ‘real’ cell.
This approach may improve students’ understanding of cellular processes and can enhance learning, research, and public engagement.
« VR transforms the way we look at cells and lets us explore the sub-cellular world, » said lead author Dr. Angus Johnston, of Monash University, in Australia.
« I can imagine a VR experience where we not only marvel at the scenery of this new world but we also meet and interact with the inhabitants, » said senior author Prof. Robert Parton, of The University of Queensland, in Australia.