Google Maps is the first thought we get when we need to route, view, navigate or explore known and unknown parts of Earth, offering various filters, views and topography-selections, Google Maps is undoubtedly necessary nowadays. Apart from viewing, zooming and panning landscapes, Google Maps have made its descend straight to Human Bodies, allowing you to see the body tissues to a crazy nano-molecular level.
At the recent Orthopedic Research Society meeting in Las Vegas, Melissa Knothe Tate from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia proposed a new method of mapping and imaging technique of the human tissues by the virtue of which nutrient transport pathways can be identified by simply zooming and panning as done by Google Maps. However, creating a virtual canvas of such minute and precise ‘terrains’ of the human tissues require enormous data, up to several terabytes. This issue is solved by using Google Map’s algorithm to stitch these images together and provide an actual map of it.
“For the first time we have the ability to go from the whole body down to how the cells are getting their nutrition and how this is all connected,” Knothe Tate said. “This could open the door to as yet unknown new therapies and preventions.”