Cell bio, automation merge to screen every human gene

Every now and then, there’s a bit of science that’s a combination of brute force and tour de force. Examples that spring to mind mostly come from the world of small, manageable experimental animals, like the mapping of every single cell division of the worm C. elegans, a feat that won John Sulston a Nobel Prize. A paper published in this week’s Nature takes a method pioneered with C. elegans and extends it to the human genome: researchers have knocked down every single identified human gene, and used an automated imaging system to examine the impact on cell division. All of the 190,000 movies that resulted have been made publicly accessible.

via Cell bio, automation merge to screen every human gene.

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