Imagine a diagram in a high-school biology book suddenly coming to life, spinning off the page as a detailed three-dimensional image.

Or picture a written explanation of how blood is sampled and tested, translated into a video clip that actually shows how it's done.

If this sounds a bit more titillating than the average high school lab class, then J. Paul Robinson and his crew of scientists at Purdue University are on the right track.

The BioScope Initiative is a project Robinson started last year that uses Purdue's laboratory facilities to produce high-quality images and videos that accompany subjects commonly taught


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