The Wellcome Sanger Institute and Newcastle University are partnering with the Wellcome Trust- and MRC- funded Human Developmental Biological Resource (HDBR; www.hdbr.org) to achieve the goals of the HDCA. The HDBR team will provide direct access to human development samples. The experimental plan includes a fine-grained analysis of the different cell populations within these precious tissues using cutting-edge single-cell genomics methods. Moreover, integration of spatial transcriptomics will generate a three-dimensional atlas of tissues during human development.
Data analysis and curation will be led by Sanger Institute, with sharing of computational skills with Newcastle University. There will be a strong focus on provision and dissemination of data to the wider research community and general public, in keeping with the HCA initiative and HDBR ethos on data sharing. We expect to generate extensive biological data that will benefit the broad scientific community, as well as develop new methodologies and tools that will pave the way for future -omics studies to benefit human health.
Human Cell Atlas gets a boost with first funding from Wellcome. Further details are available here: https://wellcome.ac.uk/news/human-cell-atlas-we-are-funding-scientists-six-uk-research-institutes.
The MRC, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is investing £6.7 million to support the UK’s contribution to mapping every cell type in the human body, through the global Human Cell Atlas initiative. Further details are available here: https://mrc.ukri.org/news/browse/funding-boost-for-initiative-mapping-entire-human-body/