Roozbeh Manshaei, Nauman Baig, Sean Delong, Shahin Khayyer, Brien East, Ali Mazalek. 2016. Exploring Genetic Mutations on Mitochondrial DNA Cancer Data with Interactive Tabletops and Active Tangibles. In Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces (ISS 2016). ACM Niagara Falls, Canada.
Biological data is becoming so complex, it is difficult for scientists and other professionals to interpret and understand it. New tools are needed to better support the manipulation and understanding of data in order to improve analyses and the formation of new hypotheses. Tangible mtDNA is an active tangible and tabletop system that allows multiple users with diverse expertise to collaborate in exploring and understanding mitochondrial DNA sequencing data in breast cancer patients. In an evaluation of the system, 5 expert biologists found it to be effective for data exploration and useful in supporting understanding, collaboration and discussion of DNA datasets.