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Recording analog memories in human cells

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Photo by Christopher Evans

MEMP PhD student, Cheryl Cui, is one of the lead authors on a new study recently published in Science Magazine which describes the technique of enabling cells to record the complete history of the body, giving researchers a better understanding of disease progression than what a biopsy can reveal. Cui shared with the Boston Herald that "Now you're able to only see things in a snapshot. You take the tissue and see what happens at that moment. This helps see what the cell experiences in a lifetime."

The researchers hope this technology could be used to monitor inflammation or infection as well as cancer progression. Additionally it could be useful to track cell progression and specialization of mammalian growth from embryo to adulthood.

Read the full MIT News article here: http://news.mit.edu/2016/recording-analog-memories-human-cells-0818

Read the Boston Herald article here: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2016/08/a_cutting_edge_tool_in_cancer_research