LifeExplorer is a 3D navigation tool for cells. Molecular Biology is a booming science with enormous scope and potential. In many ways its current status can be compared with the early days of the computer industry: it has the capacity to change the way we approach certain key technologies, such as medicine and manufacturing. It is now the time to develop new tools to deal with the vast amount of data which is available and with the inherent complexity of living organisms. Therefore, repositories, models and simulation tools are necessary. A first step towards discovery tools specific to life sciences is to represent all the components of a living system in 3D.
This 3D visualization tool enables to map cell components and to navigate within the cell at various scales from a complete cell down to a single macromolecule at atomic detail. It highlights space and physical constraints which are essential to understand life processes.
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