In the era of big data, biomedical databases are brimming with protein structures, image collections and genomic sequences. As the data mount, new 'cave automatic virtual environments', or CAVEs, are being built to help researchers pick through the files. Dyani Lewis meets the pioneers behind these large-scale visualization labs to see whether immersive virtual worlds can cut through the complexity.
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Lewis, D. The CAVE artists. Nat Med 20, 228–230 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1038/nm0314-228