Our body is made up of trillions of cells that are not visible to the naked eye. Science has found out various secrecy about how the cells connect but a lot is not known to us till now.
To know the ways these cells attach, collaborate, and organize to form tissues and organs in our body a group of researchers has decided to make a “Google Map For The Human Body” which will help anyone to understand the human body on a cellular level.
Jonathan C. Silverstein explains in a press release how the present ways of overall mapping the human body is limited. Presently there is not enough data to recognize various diseases. He is a part of the international cohort of medical scientists who are creating the 3-D map of the human body down to the cellular level, described as “Google Map for the human body”.
HuBMAP (Human BioMolecular Atlas Program) targets to be an atlas for medical doctors to help, read, and understand the human body to an amazing level of detail. It has introduced its first bundle of data for the help of scientific associations and common people.
Find it here – https://portal.hubmapconsortium.org/
HuBMAP is formed by 18 diverse collaborative research teams across the United States and Europe. It is managed by a trans-National Institutes of Health working group of staff from the NIH Common Fund; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering; and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
The main intention of HuBMAP is not only to make an open platform to map healthy cells but also to use this information fast and adequately.
A full map of the human body will have various uses –
- The map can be analyzed to see how cells look like for body parts such as the spleen, heart, and intestines.
- Doctors can use HuBMAP to find out how changes between the cells in the body lead to the normal advancement of the disease.
- It can also be used to anticipate tissues and describe diseases and cure to patients.
- Professors can also use the map to explain students about the human body and how the cells function.
Silverstein said “I’ve done a lot of big projects in my career, but this is without a doubt the most exciting one because the number of ways this is going to be used is just extraordinary”
Source – pittwire