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Optimal Transport: Using 18th Century Math To Accelerate 21st Century Science

Single-cell RNA sequencing is a powerful technology that can reveal a lot about what happens in a group of cells as they develop. But because the technology destroys a cell, it can only provide snapshots of the cells in a group at one point in time. To really understand how cells develop over time, snapshots aren't good enough: scientists want to fill in the gaps between snapshots and string everything together into a movie.

Here Geoffrey Schiebinger explains how he and colleagues have figured out how to do just that, by tapping a powerful 18th century mathematical method called optimal transport.

Learn more about what Schiebinger and other Broad scientists are doing with optimal transport.