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Sixty seconds on . . . the Human Cell Atlas

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4662 (Published 05 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4662
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London, UK

Ah, an atlas where are we going?

On a journey into the human body. This is a reference atlas of all human cells (www.humancellatlas.org) that has the potential to “impactalmost every aspect of biology and medicine, leading to a richer understanding of life’s most fundamental units and principles.”

Will it take me on a Fantastic Voyage?

The developers certainly hope so. They predict it will enable scientists to “boldly go where no man has gone before” in a sense—but not literally as in the mid 60s sci fi movie in …

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