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New 3D software tracks embryo's brain development

New 3D software tracks embryo
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An Indian-origin scientist has developed a new, open-source 3D software that can track the embryonic development and movement of neuronal cells...

Washington: An Indian-origin scientist has developed a new, open-source 3D software that can track the embryonic development and movement of neuronal cells throughout the body of the worm, and it is now available to scientists.

Although scientists have identified a number of important proteins that determine how neurons navigate during brain formation, it is largely unknown how all of these proteins interact in a living organism.

"Understanding why and how neurons form and the path they take to reach their final destination could one day give us valuable information about how proteins and other molecular factors interact during neuronal development," explained Hari Shroff, head of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) research team.

The new technology will be pivotal in their project to create a 4D neurodevelopmental "worm atlas" that attempts to catalog the formation of the worm nervous system.

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