Biology’s next mega-project will find out what we’re really made of. [Read More]
Summary… * Machine-Made
The objective is to construct the first comprehensive “cell atlas,” or map of human cells, a technological marvel that should comprehensively reveal, for the first time, what human bodies are actually made of and provide scientists a sophisticated new model of biology that could speed the search for drugs.
The Cell Atlas Breakthrough A master catalog of every cell type in the human body.
Key Players – Broad Institute- Sanger Institute- Chan Zuckerberg BiohubAvailability 5 yearsThree technologies are coming together to make this new type of mapping possible.
Behind the cell atlas are big-science powerhouses including Britain’s Sanger Institute, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and a new “Biohub” in California funded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
In September Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, made the cell atlas the inaugural target of a $3 billion donation to medical research.
Opinion… * Man-Made
Source: Mit Technology Review