Virtual reality company Hammerhead VR has created a data visualization tool called VR Genomics to allow researchers to easily interact with large datasets and better integrate experimental data with genomic data. Hammerhead VR created a proof-of-concept visualization using genomic data from the the Wellcome Sanger Institute, a genomic research center, that displays a catalog of relevant annotations whenever a user “arrives” at a particular gene. Hammerhead VR hopes that its tool can reduce the time it takes for researchers to sort through genetic data and identify new correlations and patterns.
Making Sense of Genomics in Virtual Reality
Joshua New was a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life.
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