Imagine if you could watch a film about yourself. A movie that shows you exactly how your body was built up while you were in your mother's belly.
The thought is perhaps no longer so virkelighedsfjern, writing Science.dk.
this Year's scientific breakthrough in the journal Science has just been voted - and the winner is a hodgepodge of technologies, which among other things can be used to follow the cells ' development.
- We are on the way to a revolution in the field of biomedicine. We come to understand how cells respond to each other and on the diseases much better. Perhaps we could regenerate damaged tissues and make ældningsprocesser slower, says an enthusiastic Lars Bolund, who is a professor at the Department of Biomedicine at Aarhus University, to Science.dk.
you can take a tissue sample and see which genes are turned on and turned off, is not something new.
But the technology has been honed in recent years, and now you are among other things able to take individual cells out and sort them one at a time in small drops.
It is one of the discoveries, which makes single-cell sequencing is now about to start a small revolution, Torben Kruse, who is a professor at the Clinical Institute for Human Genetics at the UNIVERSITY of southern denmark.
- Previously you have given a mixed mash out of it, and it has given a gennemsnitsbillede of the genes that were active in the sample. But we could not show the cells that had switched on and off which genes. We can now, he says to Science.dk.
the Breakthrough is not just fascinating knowledge. It can also have major opportunities for future treatment and medicine – for example in the field of cancer treatment.
- A tumor can be benign, but at some point, some of the cells get damage and start to grow. Here it will look as if primærtumoren is benign, but the new method will be able to detect if there are some individual cells, as the treatment must focus on, says Torben Kruse.
in Addition, he mentions also that the method can get heart patients to benefit.
- In many animals, repairs the heart muscle itself by the damage, but it doesn't do so well with people. If we can find out how it is doing with many of the animals, so perhaps we can also help patients, he says.
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