Exploring Breast Cancer Cells In Virtual Reality Could Help Fight The Disease

Just don't forget to dodge incoming particles

A breast cancer cell

A breast cancer cell

A breast cancer cell, photographed by a scanning electron microscope, which produces a 3-dimensional image.Wikimedia Commons

It's the Magic School Bus for breast cancer: A team at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, designed a VR simulation to explore cancer cells.

Drug particles float by and crash near your virtual feet to be absorbed into the cell's surface. The researchers used "high-resolution electron-microscope data to reconstruct a real-life cancer cell from a human breast in three-dimensional CGI," according to New Scientist.

By viewing the processes they study on larger-than-life scale, the simulation will help scientists develop better treatments for breast cancer. Watch New Scientist's video of the simulation here.