What’s the Answer? (augmented reality in bioinformatics)

This week’s highlighted discussion turned out to be very popular. I was intrigued by the initial inquiry–but it evolved into a neat discussion of what sorts of visualizations might be interesting directions in the future.

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Forum: Possible augmented reality tools for bioinformatics and current problems


I was thinking about an application of augmented reality tools to help understanding bioinformatics problems. Although it may look like a useless thing to do (to have) could it actually be helpful for someone to have a tool that solve particular problems related to 3D-visualization using some augmented reality stuff?

If above statement is true could you give me some examples of such applications? I am considering all the possibilities because for me it looks like a good question to investigate.

It may be obvious from above but I would like to take similar topic for MSc thesis so all the suggestions are really welcome!

Thank you!

Peter Leontev

The protein structures part didn’t surprise me, of course. And while watching twitter this morning, this came flying over my feed:

There’s a comment over at Biostars from someone who put their ChIP-Seq data in Minecraft, and found it wasn’t particularly helpful. I loved the idea of watching cells divide, though. I was sort of surprised that nobody brought up the 3D Virtual Worm. And I added a couple of other thoughts too. It was all fun to think about, anyway. Add your thoughts if you have them. It’s nice to see a student considering future project ideas. Check out the chatter.