This 3d human could revolutionize precision medicine


Imagine having a map of all the human anatomical parts and their possible variations: a digital collection of all the different types of bones, muscles and connective tissue in men and women from any race. And imagine that a high-speed computer could download personal data into this 3D simulated human and run tests for doctors to determine exactly how a patient will respond to a particular drug or treatment without first testing it on animals.

The promise of precise, customized medicine is still years away, but a cross-disciplinary team, involving 30 institutions around the world, is building a complete morphological and physiological virtual human dubbed the Parametric Human.