Collaboration between biologists and engineers leads to new software to measure the morphology of the centers of acute vision in vertebrates

05-05-2016

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Grad students Bret Moore and Luke Tyrrell from Prof. Fernandez-Juricic's lab in Biological Sciences collaborated with grad student Innfarn Yoo from Prof. Bedrich Benes' lab in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue to develop a new piece of software that can characterize in an standardized manner the morphology of a common center of acute vision in vertebrates: the fovea. The software can use pictures of histological cross-sections or optical coherence tomography. This new program is freely available for academic use (http://estebanfj.bio.purdue.edu/fovea) and can be used to study the evolution of acute vision in vertebrates and to improve the diagnosis of eye diseases in veterinary medicine.

Source: Moore BA, Yoo I, Tyrrell LP, Benes B, Fernandez-Juricic E. (2016) FOVEA: a new program to standardize the measurement of foveal pit morphology. PeerJ 4:e1785 (https://peerj.com/articles/1785/#aff-2)

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