The Cell Visualization Project represents a new approach to understanding
the internal structure of biological cells. Using advanced computer imaging
techniques, real cells may be reconstructed in 3D from physical measurements.
The computer reconstructions created through the Cell Visualization
Project will permit cells to be explored interactively for education
Initial efforts have been directed toward the reconstruction of a human
white blood cell from serial transmission electron micrographs. The specific
type of cell under study is a neutrophil. Neutrophils are by far the most
common of all white blood cell types and constitute a key checkpoint in
the body's defense against infectious disease. The reconstructed neutrophil is presented below in
the form of a brief guided tour. This exhibit will be expanded in future.
The Guided Tour
The Cell Visualization Project is supported by
funding from the U.S. Dept. of Education and by National Institutes of
Health grants 1R43RR14138 to BioGrafx and RR01219 awarded by the Biotechnology Area Nation Center for
Research Resources (DHHR/PHS) for maintenance of the Wadsworth Biological
Microscopy Facility as a National Biotechnological Resource.
©Kenneth Eward 1998, 2008. All rights reserved.