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Google Maps to Explore into Human Body

Google maps have not only helped us to get to our destinations much easier but has also aided in exploring our surroundings on another level. Now, with the help of the same software, a group of international researchers is able to zoom into the human body right up to the cellular level.


Currently, this technology is helping researchers to understand osteoarthritis and chronic joint pain, which is often seen in elderly people, by studying the hip tissue better. This can then be used for other tissues as well to have a clearer understanding of other problems as well.

Melissa Knothe Tate, an engineer and biologist at the University of New South Wales in Australia who is leading the project, came up with the idea for the project after previous research into how transfer of nutrients among blood, cartilage, and bone tissues affects the onset of osteoarthritis.

In order to understand this cellular traffic in humans, numerous photos of the hip bone were taken with a scanning electron microscope. This data was then compiled by the researchers and terabytes of data is fed into Google’s algorithms, which allow a user to zoom in or zoom out on the tissues just like we do with Google maps. Without this, the team would have taken 25 years to complete the molecular analysis of the tissue.

“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 prevention.”

While Knothe Tate, plans on finding treatments for osteoarthritis in the high, other researchers from Harvard University, who are familiar with this project want to test the same scenarios for the connections in the mouse brain.

Google Maps to Explore into Human Body - Last modify: April 4th, 2015, Author: Anik
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Anik is a Software Engineer by profession. He loves to spend a lot of time testing and reviewing the latest gadgets and software. He likes all things tech and his passion for smartphones is only matched by his passion for Sci-Fi TV Series.

  • Felix Mitchell

    this is a very interesting article i like the fact that these researchers are using a app as simple as google map to helping researchers to understand osteoarthritis and chronic joint pain, which is often seen in elderly people, by studying the hip tissue better i hope this will be a success it will help a lot of people in the future

  • erichilarysmithsr

    Will looking inside of the human body be harmful or helpful with this new technology?

  • Горан Жакула

    I think this article is a thing of human nature, and it will help the science getting better but the fact is that every human must have its own privacy. Hope it will not be related to brain studies.

  • Natalia Ivanova

    I prefer Google to not explore my body. I don`t trust all this at all. I think my body is personal data, completely private and should not be Gooled.

  • dragana

    Fantasic article! Especially helpful to future doctors and all the curious people who want to know what is taking place in their body.I’d be happy to use it.

  • Abhishek Tiwari

    i am very surprised to read this article. is it possible that Google can explore into the human body.This is a great achievement for scientist. is it helpful for human or not? it will decided in future but the article was exciting.

  • Our scientiests have the ability of innovating such precise technologies which can go from the whole body down to the cells finding their nutrition and how this is all connected. It would be a great achievement.

  • Logesh Selvam

    The topic is interesting everyone should know about their body. How weird is exploring our body via google but it has come true technology has been far improved .This helps understand even the common people what happens inside our body .This gives the humanity the hope to take care their body even more in a better way