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Studying the Individual Cell

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A cell is just one individual in a population, perhaps making up a tissue or part of a bacterial colony living in the human gut or in the ocean. As an individual, it can be slightly different than its neighbors — and that can lead to some interesting findings, as researchers focusing on single cells have been discovering. "One [reason for studying single cells] is the heterogeneity of cells. They are never quite the same, no matter what you are talking about," says Mike White at the University of Liverpool.

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Oct
23
Sponsored by
Swift Biosciences

This webinar will illustrate how single-cell methylation sequencing can be applied to gain significant insight into epigenetic heterogeneity in disease states, advancing cancer research discoveries. 

Oct
31
Sponsored by
PerkinElmer

This webinar will provide an overview of how the Center for Applied Genomics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has optimized its next-generation sequencing (NGS) workflow using a combination of PerkinElmer's Sciclone automation technology and target capture chemistry from Twist Bioscience.