British scientists developed a novel 3D Virtual Reality (VR) model of cancer that will help improve the understanding of cancer and the search for new treatments.
Researchers at Cancer Research UK (CRUK) took over this one patient The tumor sample – a 1-millimeter piece of a breast cancer tissue biopsy – with approximately 100,000 cells, the BBC reported on Wednesday.
The team cut the tissue into wafer-thin slices and scanned it. Then they stained the sections with markers to show their molecular nature and DNA properties.
The tumor was reconstructed using VR, which was analyzed in a VR laboratory.
"Nobody has studied the geography of a tumor This level of detail previously was a new perspective on cancer," the BBC quoted Greg Hannon, director of the CRUK Cambridge Institute.
"Understanding how cancer cells interact with each other and with healthy tissue is critical to the development of new therapies, and viewing tumors with this new system is so much more dynamic than the static 2D versions we are used to. " said Karen Vousden, chief scientist at CRUK.
To study the tumor, the researchers became avatars within the "virtual" lab, while the cancer was represented by a multi-colored bladder mass.
Although the human tissue sample was approximately The size of a pinhead can be increased within the virtual lab to make it appear several meters in diameter.
The VR system enabled researchers to "fly" through the cells to more accurately examine the tumor.
Comment on a group of tumor cells that had escaped from the breast ducts, Hannon said, "This could be the point at which the cancer spreads to the surrounding tissue and becomes truly dangerous." By examining the tumor in 3D we can hold on to this moment. " [1
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