A Speedier Way to Catalog Human Cells (All 37 Trillion of Them)

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A Speedier Way to Catalog Human Cells (All 37 Trillion of Them)

August 17, 2017

Is there a quicker way to count cells in the human body? One UW Medicine researcher thinks so. 

Dr. Jay Shendure, a UW Medicine genticist, and his colleagues have just published a report outlining a new way to take a cell census, rather than counting them one at a time under a microscope, which needless to say is slow and tedious. The new method measures of the activiy of genes inside 42,035 at once. There are some questions in biology that you’d think were settled long ago. For instance: How many types of cells are there in the human body?

 

 

 

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