March 7, 2019 - March 8, 2019, NAS building, 2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418 and Webcast

Register now to join a free National Academy of Sciences workshop on the promise of single cell and single molecule analysis tools in environmental health research:

How similar are the cells within a particular tissue? Most analytical tools study cells and their molecular contents in bulk, providing information about the average cell and molecular complexes. Now, emerging findings suggest these traditional approaches could miss important differences between the cells in a sample, rare cell types like cancer stem cells or drug-resistant bacteria, and the opportunity to capture a cell in a fleeting transitional state.

Over the past decade, new single cell and single molecule analysis tools have led to advances that isolate single cells, technologies that can assay each cell’s DNA, RNA, proteins, and metabolites, and imaging tools that map cell contents and their molecular interactions. These tools promise new insight on the differences in function between individual cells and molecules, the organization and timing of responses to stimuli, how cells interact as components of a complex system, and how these interactions may change with age, disease, and exposure to environmental stressors:

This workshop will explore the current status of this rapidly evolving field of study, review the preliminary use of single cell and single molecule analysis tools in environmental health studies, and investigate the resources needed to make the data generated most useful to the biomedical and public health fields and to regulatory decision makers. For more information and to register, please visit the workshop website:

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Will Pierce

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