‘Virtual tumour’ model to offer new treatment against cancer, say scientists

(The Health Site) — British scientists have built a novel virtual reality (VR) 3D model of cancer that will help increase the understanding of cancer as well as in the search for new treatment.

Researchers from the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) took from a patient the tumour sample — one millimetre cubed piece of breast cancer tissue biopsy — containing around 100,000 cells, the BBC reported on Wednesday.

The team cut the tissue into wafer thin slices and scanned them. Then they stained the slices with markers to show their molecular make-up and DNA characteristics.

A tumour was rebuilt using VR, which was analysed within a VR laboratory. (…)

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