An Atlas of Our Cells

Hundreds of researchers team up to map the human body’s trillions of cells, and how they all get along.

When Robert Hooke peered through a primitive microscope in the mid-17th century, he set in motion a revolution. Today’s understanding of the fundamental structure of living organisms began when he examined thin slices of cork and saw tiny walled compartments that looked like a monk’s dwelling: He called them cells. Subsequent advances over the centuries deepened our understanding of these structures, which we now know to be the basic unit of life. In the past decade alone, quantum…

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