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Scientific Computing & InstrumentationTM www.scimag.com

Summary: Scientific Computing & InstrumentationTM
Using Confocal Microscopy and
Advanced 3-D Visualization to
Investigate the Drosophila Brain
critical and ongoing challenge for medical researchers is to
determine ways to visualize their data. With the advent of
computer visualization tools, they now have a resource
not only for visualization, but for image segmentation and
geometry reconstruction as well.
An excellent example of the application of these tools
exists in the study of the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster,
which is probably one of the most important model organ-
isms in genetic research. The flies are easy to grow (Figure
1), and many different mutants exist. In the lab of
Professor Martin Heisenberg at the University of
Würzburg, mutants of Drosophila are used in behavioral
studies to investigate the functioning of the brain.
A quantitative assessment of brain structure seemed


Source: Andrzejak, Artur - Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences