Journey to the Centre of the Cell – FREE – 3D VR Experience
Outreach | April 29, 2020

Our award-winning “Journey to the Centre of the Cell” PC-VR experience is now available for free download. If you’re trapped quarantined in your physical space, why not explore a virtual one!

Journey to the Centre of the Cell

Using data from high-resolution electron microscopy CBNS and UNSW researchers have reconstructed a human cancer cell in 3D VR in order to better visualise mechanisms of nanoparticle internalisation and trafficking. These virtual environments allow users to walk on – or inside, a cancer cell, exploring and learning about cellular anatomy and processes.

Visualisation of scientific data is crucial not only for scientific discovery but also to communicate science and medicine to both experts and a general audience. Until recently, we have been limited to visualising the three-dimensional (3D) world of biology in 2 dimensions.  However, the advent of consumer-grade virtual reality (VR) headsets such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive means it is now possible to visualise and interact with scientific data in a 3D virtual world. In addition, new microscopic methods provide an unprecedented opportunity to obtain new 3D data sets.

This is a VR experience, designed for the HTC Vive but also compatible with other SteamVR headsets (eg. Oculus Rift)

This is a collaborative project developed by the 3d Visualisation Aesthetics Lab (3DVAL) at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Art and Design, funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Bio-Nano Science and Technology (CBNS).

Download here.