Ryder, Elizabeth F.
Ward, Matthew O.
This project simulates the development of the microscopic worm, C. elegans, up to the twenty- six cell stage. Advanced concepts in computer graphics, including metaballs, ray tracing, and the Marching Cubes algorithm, were explored in order to depict the irregular shapes found in nature. The forces that dictate cell motion in response to collisions were represented mathematically and included in the model. Finally, the results were compared to empirical data to show that early cell divisions appear to accurately simulate the appearance of biological embryos.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Biology and Biotechnology