ZygoteBody, formerly Google Body, is a web application by Zygote Media Group that renders manipulable 3D anatomical models of the human body. Several layers, from muscle tissues down to blood vessels, can be removed or made transparent to allow better study of individual body parts. Most of the body parts are labelled and are searchable.


The human models are based on data from the Zygote Media Group. The website uses JavaScript and WebGL technology to display 3D images inside the web browser without requiring the installation of external browser plug-ins.


Google Cow-open-3d-viewer
The Google Cow model, now part of the open-3d-viewer project

ZygoteBody was launched as Google Body on December 15, 2010. On April Fools' Day 2011, users were greeted with the anatomy of a cow on the home page.[1] The cow model is still available as part of the open-3d-viewer open source project.

As part of the wind down on Google Labs, it was announced that Google Body will be shut down but will continue to be maintained by Zygote as ZygoteBody. On October 13, 2011 the Google Body site was shut down. Then on January 9, 2012 ZygoteBody was launched and core code base (with the Google Cow model as a demo) was made available as an open source project called open-3d-viewer.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Chitu, Alex (April 1, 2011). "Google April Fools' Day 2011". Google Operating System unofficial blog. Retrieved January 27, 2012.
  2. ^ Zeiger, Roni (January 9, 2012). "Google Body becomes ZygoteBody; built on open source 3D viewer". Google Open Source blog. Retrieved January 27, 2012.

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Zygote Media Group

Zygote Media Group is a 3D human anatomy content and technology company. Formed in 1994, with initial emphases on anatomically accurate 3D human models for the entertainment industry, the company has since specialized in enhanced visualization of human anatomy and life sciences.

Zygote licenses its comprehensive library of 3D human anatomy models for animation, simulation, rendered illustrations, engineering and analysis. Zygote also provides specialized services in the development of life science-related software and content.

In collaboration with Google, Zygote created Google Body, a fully 3D interactive anatomical atlas. With the sun-setting of Google Labs, the product was re-branded ZygoteBody. Zygote continues to support ZygoteBody as a free service for medical professionals, patients, educators, students and anatomy enthusiasts.

New technology utilizes Zygote anatomy for finite element analysis and computer simulation. These simulations and analyses provide vital information in studying product and environmental effects on the human body. Usage includes fluid dynamics of the heart and blood vessels, bone stress under loading, vehicle safety systems and medical product design and testing.

In 2000, the art and hobbyist division was spun off as Digital Art Zone, now DAZ Productions.


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