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The Human Cell Atlas: “Google Maps” to navigate the human body

The Human Cell Atlas: “Google Maps” to navigate the human body in health and disease
Aviv Regev

The average adult human has 37 trillion cells, but, despite centuries of study, we don’t know how many different cell types there are, their properties in health and disease, and how they work together. Computational and systems biologist and Klarman Cell Observatory director Aviv Regev will discuss how the recent breakthroughs in single cell genomics, which allow us to characterize millions of cells at a time by the active genes in each individual cell, have fueled efforts to build a Google Map of every cell in the body. She will also show how these maps are being used to shed light on rare disease, cancer, and COVID-19.