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'Virtual Tumor' New Way to See Cancer

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The avatar of a scientist exploring a three-dimensional tumor in a virtual reality laboratory.

Cancer Research U.K. Cambridge Institute researchers have mapped each individual cell in a three-dimensional virtual reality model of tumor samples.

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Researchers at the Cancer Research U.K. Cambridge Institute (CRUK) have constructed a three-dimensional virtual reality (VR) model of tumor samples, with each individual cell mapped.

Said CRUK's Greg Hannon, "No one has examined the geography of a tumor in this level of detail before; it is a new way of looking at cancer."

The researchers began with a 1-mm cubed piece of biopsied breast cancer tissue containing about 100,000 cells and segmented into wafers, scanned, and stained.

The tumor can be analyzed in a VR laboratory; the system enables multiple users from anywhere in the world to examine the tumor.

CRUK's Karen Vousden said, "Understanding how cancer cells interact with each other and with healthy tissue is critical if we are going to develop new therapies—looking at tumors using this new system is so much more dynamic than the static [two-dimensional] versions we are used to."

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