Worm Breeder's Gazette 9(2): 111
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We are interested in cellular and nuclear interspatial relationships. These can be delineated after three-dimensional reconstruction from serial ultrathin sections. To this end we have concocted 'Metamorphosis' which is a group of computer programs designed to permit three-dimensional analysis of objects from digitized data. Infinite exterior views are possible using the rotation program and the user has the added ability to enter the object and peer out. This permits analysis of structural associations from any perspective. Since many associations cannot be abstracted without a computer, using rotation analysis may reveal obscure relationships. This concept becomes important when proposing theories involving interactions between two or more objects. The program is written in BASICA and designed for use on IBM-compatible personal computers equipped with a digitizer. We are currently using an IBM-XT with a 10-megabyte hard disk and a Houston Instrument DT114 HIPAD Digitizer. Three dimensional transformations are accomplished via matrix manipulation which permits rapid evolution of new images. [See Figure 1]