2018 • BIG IDEA

Human Cell Atlas

The HUMAN CELL ATLAS is sequencing tens of millions of individual human cells to genetically profile all the different types of cells in the body. The aim of the international consortium of scientists—led by Aviv Regev of the Broad Institute and Sarah Teichmann of the Wellcome Sanger Institute in the UK—is to catalogue the thousands of cell types according to their gene activity patterns and even pinpoint their location within tissues and the body. Regev recently co-founded Celsius Therapeutics, which is using some of the same single-cell genomics technologies to study cells from patients and find new drug targets in autoimmune disease and cancer.

Aviv Regev, Human Cell Atlas, Broad Institute • Photography by David Fox Photographer