New technologies for reading and editing DNA and RNA provide vast amounts of data and reveal transformative insights. At the Broad Institute, scientists generate a whole human genome’s worth of genetic data every few minutes, read gene expression patterns in tissues and in millions of single cells, and use gene editing to create disease models and dissect cell circuitry. Learn more about #HowWeScience.
Human Cell Atlas: Reading biology
A comprehensive reference map of all human cells as a basis for understanding human health and disease
The Human Cell Atlas is a global initiative which aims to provide a reference map of every cell type in the human body. The human body is made up of trillions of cells and although every cell contains the same DNA, they can still be distinctly different from each other. Researchers now have the tools, like single-cell genomics, to zoom in and inspect each cell, one at a time. With a reference map of different cell types and where they are located in the body, the Human Cell Atlas can revolutionize how doctors and researchers understand, diagnose, and treat disease.