One of the most amazing and mysterious wonders of the world is the way the human body functions. Ever since the dawn of time, experts have been putting in endless efforts, hours of research and practically every resource in their power to learn the body down to every small cell present inside it. What makes the efforts more challenging is that every time you finally think that you have made it to the top; you only realize that there is still a long way to go. This is one bottomless pit that makes you think is there really an end where you can finally say we have learnt the human body completely.
The innovative move towards understanding the human body
To provide experts with some kind of a relief, an innovative movement has already started which lets a person know a lot about the human body. This movement is called the Cell Atlas. The efforts that are being put presently by labs from various parts of the Earth are commendable. They are working collectively to come up with a comprehensive map of the human body by using the help of the 35 trillion cells within us. This plan is an international effort, which focuses on the various properties, and types of cells there are in every person’s body. It includes both diseased and healthy cells, which will aid the medical science in offering the best healthcare services to combat even the most complicated diseases.
A deeper look into the Human Cell Atlas project
The aim of completing this mega project and brining it out in the open is set to be within the next five years. With the help of the human cells map, scientists and researchers could speed up their work and spend lesser time coming up with new treatment methods.
In order to come to a conclusive breakthrough, there are many tests conducted to understand how the body will react to a particular drug. The trial and error consumes many resources, it also takes a long time before something can be let out in the open.
Apart from that, even coming up with advanced versions or new drugs with better capabilities becomes very challenging due to the lack of information about the human body. The cell atlas will provide a comprehensive detail about the different cells of the body, which will make it easier for researchers and scientist to conduct an experiment in a smart manner.
Through the cell atlas, experts and researchers not just get to know the cells that are there in the body, however they will also get to understand the different variants of the cell through the analysis of the molecular differences that each cell carries.
Along with that, useful information such as how the immune system will respond towards a particular drug or medicine, will become accessible. It will help in strengthening the first line of defense needed for the body to combat the various diseases known today, that prevent the immune system from performing the way it should.
Even the reactions of the cells towards a particular formula will let scientists know what kind of changes they need to do. Finally, it might become possible to treat the diseases that are now considered untreatable. This in turn will save millions of lives.
The different Technologies behind the cell Atlas project
In order to make this project, three types of technologies will have to be combined. They are:
- The first technology is the one that specializes on the individual cells of the human body called as The Cellular microfluidics.
- The second technology used helps in the identification of the genes present in each cell by decoding them with the relevant type of equipments.
- The third one is for the staining and labeling technique for easy location of any cell based on the activity of the genes.
With these three technologies combined together, better health care services can be established since the experts will have a chance to understand things in a better manner. This will give the researchers a chance to customize the drugs based on the cell types for effective treatment results.