Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Broad Institute, a genomic research center, have published a database of genetic profiles of over half a million immune cells. The data includes information about the characteristics, structure, and metadata of 224,000 cells from bone marrow and 306,000 cells from umbilical cord blood. This data can help researchers identify the location of genes linked to disease in the human body to develop more precise treatments. The release is part of the Human Cell Atlas, a worldwide collaboration of scientists to determine the structure, location, and expressed genes of 10 billion human cells.
Image: Human Cell Atlas.