Virtual Finger Lets Scientists Navigate 3D Images of Complex Medical Structures

Researchers from the Allen Institute for Brain Science have created a new technology, called Virtual Finger, that allows scientists to move through digital images of small structures like neurons and synapses using the flat surface of their computer screens. Virtual Finger's technology makes 3D imaging studies orders of magnitude more efficient - saving time, money, and resources across many areas of experimental biology. Scientists at the Allen Institute have already used Virtual Finger to perform 3D microsurgery in order to knock out single cells, study the developing lung, and create a map of all the neural connections in the fly brain.