Mason Team Demonstrates Visible Embryo Project

Posted: May 22, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

A George Mason team headed by Mark Pullen, associate professor of Computer Science, was at the spring Internet 2 member meeting in Crystal City this month to demonstrate the Visible Embryo medical collaboration.

The collaboration, which uses the high-performance networks of Internet 2, also known as Next Generation Internet, is developing a human embryology digital library that biological scientists and medical professionals can use to study human development. Internet 2 is a consortium led by more than 190 universities working with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies, accelerating the creation of tomorrow’s Internet.

In the demonstration, the George Mason team–Pullen; Priscilla McAndrews, Networking and Simulation Lab manager; and Nick Clark, system administrator–and collaborators from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology used a graphical process to annotate digitized slides from the Carnegie Collection of Embryos at the Armed Forces Institute, then assembled and visualized them in 3-D. They also demonstrated how embryology classes are taught using distributed education techniques with students and instructors at multiple university medical schools.

Nearing completion, the Visible Embryo project has been in the works for nearly two years. At the conclusion of the project, one embryo will have been fully annotated and will be available for researchers to use over Internet 2. A less detailed version of the library will be available on the broader Internet.

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