Cost-effective AI model produces 3D cell images

A new artificial intelligence (AI) tool lets scientists visualize a 3D model of living human cells, even when the entire cell is not visible, according to a recent NPR story.

The tool—called Allen Integrated Cell—was developed by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and utilizes a computer program that can figure out the internal organization of a cell by learning studied images of tens of thousands of live human stem cells, NPR reports.

Freely available, the technology is affordable and, according to the story, may eventually be able to run on cell phones.

"This lets you see things with a simple microscope that are going to be helpful to researchers all over the world—including in less affluent places," said Roger Brent, an investigator at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle who wasn’t involved in creating the tool but is using it.

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