This Zuckerberg's Initiative Will Boost Human Cell Understanding
How will it feel if all human cells and their properties could easily be identified? Curing all diseases will become easier, Zuckerberg believes.
In its first major science effort research is on for a Human Cell Atlas.
There are more than 10,000 types of cells in the human body and Mark Zuckerberg under Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is looking to make understanding of these cells easier for scientists.
The Human Cell Atlas is an effort to create a reference map of all human cells and their properties, similar to the periodic table in chemistry.
Announcing the efforts on Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg said: “We're partnering to build an open source data platform that will accelerate this initiative.
“Once the atlas is complete, it will be a huge resource for helping scientists understand basic biology and ultimately cure all diseases in our children's lifetimes”.
Teams from around the world are working together on this project.
Zuckerberg also highlighted that Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is teaming up with the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and UC Santa Cruz to generate an incredible amount of diverse knowledge and standardise it all to be accessible to everyone in the scientific community.
“This kind of global collaboration between scientists and engineers is an important part of advancing scientific discovery.
“We're excited to contribute to this effort through both engineering and funding, and I look forward to seeing its progress in the coming years.
“I continue to believe that we can be the generation that ends disease, ends poverty, and stops climate change.
“Let's make sure we each use our time here to make the greatest positive impact we can,” he added.