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about 2 hours agoMon 18 Dec 2017, 8:22pm Media player: “Space” to play, “M” to mute, “left” and “right” to seek. Imagine being able to walk around inside a virtual replica of your own cells.

That is becoming a reality, thanks to groundbreaking technology developed at the University of New South Wales. Associate Professor John McGhee runs the 3D Visualisation Aesthetics Lab — one of the sites where the technology is being developed.

“We take data from a patient’s PET scan to visualise the data,” he said. Using 3D gaming technology, they turn the data into an interactive virtual reality landscape.

“No longer do you look at something on a screen, you look at something in a completely immersive way with a headset, so it’s as if you were there inside the cell walking around,” he said. “It will help the scientific discovery process, as we can see how cells behave in a way we never have before.”

And in the future, cancer patients could see a virtual version of themselves, and track where drug treatments are ending up in their bodies. Professor Maria Kavallaris from the Children’s Cancer Institute is part of the project. Read more from abc.net.au…

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