CELL ATLAS INITIATIVE

Mapping every type of cell in the human body

Mapping every type of cell in the human body is an ambitious goal, and the international scientific community is ready for the challenge. It will require biologists, engineers and technologists working as a team. CZ Biohub is proud to be part of this seminal project.

CELL ATLAS INITIATIVE

One piece of technology allows us to sequence the genome of an individual cell. Each cell in the body contains roughly the same number of genes, but the sequence data shows which genes are turned on or turned off, revealing what kind of cell it is.

This sequence acts like “software” that instructs cells to perform specific functions, like producing hormones or blood, or sending signals across the brain.

Another piece of technology crucial to the Cell Atlas Initiative goes by the acronym CRISPR. CRISPR is a tool developed by scientists from a molecular gene editing system found naturally in bacteria that can be directed to turn on or off any gene.

A MASSIVE UNDERTAKING

One piece of technology allows us to sequence the genome of an individual cell. Each cell in the body contains roughly the same number of genes, but the sequence data shows which genes are turned on or turned off, revealing what kind of cell it is.

This sequence acts like “software” that instructs cells to perform specific functions, like producing hormones or blood, or sending signals across the brain.

Another piece of technology crucial to the Cell Atlas Initiative goes by the acronym CRISPR. CRISPR is a tool developed by scientists from a molecular gene editing system found naturally in bacteria that can be directed to turn on or off any gene.

CELL ATLAS TECHNOLOGIES

One piece of technology allows us to sequence the genome of an individual cell. Each cell in the body contains roughly the same number of genes, but the sequence data shows which genes are turned on or turned off, revealing what kind of cell it is.

This sequence acts like “software” that instructs cells to perform specific functions, like producing hormones or blood, or sending signals across the brain.

Another piece of technology crucial to the Cell Atlas Initiative goes by the acronym CRISPR. CRISPR is a tool developed by scientists from a molecular gene editing system found naturally in bacteria that can be directed to turn on or off any gene.