Science In The Extremes S3 • E1

Will Supercomputers Create Virtual Maps of Your Body in the Future?





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Published on Aug 6, 2018

Dr. Larry Smarr has been collecting 3D visualizations and detailed data on his body for almost a decade, amassing it all into a VR medical avatar of himself fondly known as "Transparent Larry." What could this mean for the future of personalized medicine?

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