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But Does It Come with a Corkscrew and Tweezers?

Researchers at HHMI's Janelia Farm are unveiling a new suite of software tools designed to better visualize, analyze, and measure complex 3D biological and biomedical images. The software package, called V3D, is being distributed free of charge to researchers around the world. HHMI says the tools could help speed up a user's ability to assemble and manipulate extremely detailed images. Led by Hanchuan Peng, the team built a V3D application called V3D-Neuron to demonstrate the software's extensibility. The application reconstructs complex 3D neuronal structures from high-resolution brain images. According to the study, published in Nature Biotechnology, V3D-Neuron can precisely digitize the morphology of a single neuron in a fruit fly's brain in minutes, with about 17 times improvement in reliability and tenfold savings in time compared with other neuron reconstruction tools. The researchers say the software is a kind of "Swiss Army knife" as it contains important and useful tools.

The Scan

Back as Director

A court has reinstated Nicole Boivin as director of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Science reports.

Research, But Implementation?

Francis Collins reflects on his years as the director of the US National Institutes of Health with NPR.

For the False Negatives

The Guardian writes that the UK Health Security Agency is considering legal action against the lab that reported thousands of false negative COVID-19 test results.

Genome Biology Papers Present Epigenetics Benchmarking Resource, Genomic Architecture Maps of Peanuts, More

In Genome Biology this week: DNA methylation data for seven reference cell lines, three-dimensional genome architecture maps of peanut lines, and more.