Hands-on at this exhibit

  • Use different sound frequencies to rearrange particles.
  • Use our interactive panel to see how disease affects proteins interactions.
  • Guide a living cell through a maze using an optical laser trap.


Studying individual cells is key to understanding disease.

Learn more why studying every single cell can unlock vital clues about disease and lead to improved healthcare. Watch the video now.

Scientists often measure how cells behave or respond during experiments by pooling the data from thousands or millions of cells to give an overall picture. This hides the behaviour of single cells, which could hold vital clues for cancer therapeutics and personalised healthcare. Our exhibit reveals why differences matter, and showcases the techniques we use to study single cells.

Cells of the same type in a population – such as in an organ of the body – can behave differently in response to the same signal. In some cases the different behaviour can lead to disease. We use cutting edge techniques to separate individual cells, and measure their unique response by studying what proteins, and how much of them, are present within them. This ‘protein fingerprint’ can reveal hidden interactions between molecular pathways in the cell, and aid the discovery of new drugs.

To find out more visit the Single cell science website.

Lead image: A large flat colon carcinoma single cell shown with smaller and spherical ones. As individual cells vary, it's important to study single cells to understand their differences.