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Download Virtual Worm .blend File
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Open Worm WebGL Browser
You Tube Channel
Mind of the Worm
SciViz Unit, Italy
the Virtual Worm Project, an effort to recreate the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans
virtual form using the "free open source 3D content creation suite," Blender.
The current goal
create a cell-by-cell reconstruction of
the adult hermaphrodite “worm” so as to generate a
3-dimensional, interactive atlas of the anatomy of C. elegans.
website is intended to display rendered images from the model for those
generally interested in learning more about the anatomy of C. elegans.
We will have an interactive version of the model up and running for
general use in the near future.
The 3D models shown here were generated based on the beautiful and insightful depictions of C. elegans anatomy portrayed by Worm Atlas, Mind of the Worm, and images provided by the Worm Image repository.
Check out the Web-browser WebGL Virtual Worm Browser, made possible by the guys at the Open Worm Project and the Google Labs Body Browser team. Here are several screenshots:
Here are some example animations using the Virtual Worm:
1) A simple fly-over animation of the nervous system of C. elegans:
2) This fly-over animation shows the position and morphology of the ALA neuron of C. elegans. The ALA cell body lies in the head of the worm in the dorsal ganglion and has two lateral projections that run (essentially) alongside the seam cells, seen in orange.
Here are some static images of the Virtual Worm depicting various tissues:
This is a simple side-view of the worm, with the hypodermis (skin of the worm) made transparent for ease of viewing internal organs. Of course we can view individual cell types or organs as well:
Body Wall Muscles: