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The Promise of Single Cell and Single Molecule Analysis Tools to Advance Environmental Health Research

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Mar 07 2019 - Mar 08 2019


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.

Register now to join a free workshop, hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on the Use of Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions, on the promise of single cell and single molecule analysis tools in environmental health research.

Sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, this workshop will examine new 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 decisionmakers.

The meeting will feature presentations, panel discussions, and breakout sessions to engage scientists and decision makers in these important, cross-disciplinary issues. Please join us!

The workshop is free and open to the public, but registration is required to attend.

Visit for a link to registration and more information about the workshop.

Questions? Contact Solmaz Spence.