London: A group of scientists took the very first initiative to map down all human cells in a vast atlas named as Human Cell Atlas.
The scientists said that the project aims to map down all the types and properties of every human cell existing in tissues and organs and build a detailed map of the healthy human body.
According to the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the “Human Cell Atlas” project will possibly take a long time span but once completed, it could revolutionize the medical field by provding a comprehensive map to diagnose and treat diseases.
Sarah Teichmann, head of cellular genetics at the Sanger Institute said, “The cell is the key to understanding the biology of health and disease, but we are currently limited in our understanding of how cells differ across each organ, or even how many cell types there are in the body.”
“We will discover new cell types, find how cells change across time, during development and disease, and gain a better understanding of biology,” she said in an institute news release.
The project team consists of scientists from the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard in the United States and the Sanger Institute and Wellcome Trust in Britain. The Research teams and funders will contribute and collaborate worldwide.
Aviv Regev, faculty chair at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard said during the meeting held to establish the first phase of the project, “We now have the tools to understand what we are composed of, which allows us to learn how our bodies work, and uncover how all these elements malfunction in disease.”
The result of this project will valuable and will provide free resource for biomedical science researchers. It will open the doors of a new era of cellular understanding.