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A three-dimensional view of the skeletal muscles responsible for flight in a European starling.

Credit: University of Missouri

Casey Holliday and colleagues at the University of Missouri (MU) are using artificial intelligence (AI) to perform anatomical studies virtually, rather than through actual dissections.

Holliday said AI can train computer programs to identify muscle fiber in images so researchers can build three-dimensional models to better understand how muscles collectively function in motor control.

In addition, Holliday said many current and former pupils are learning anatomy by using "cutting-edge" imaging and modeling techniques designed by him and his colleagues.

MU alumna Emily Lessner said digitization "makes our work shareable with other researchers to help hasten scientific advancement, and we can also share them with the public as educational and conservation tools."

From Show Me Mizzou, University of Missouri
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