A new Single-Cell Genomics Centre of Excellence based at the Medical Genomics Facility of Monash Health Translation Precinct (MHTP) in Victoria, Australia has been opened.

Single-cell biology focuses on the analysis of individual cells isolated from tissues. It is of growing interest in the light of evidence to suggest that apparently similar cells from within the same tissue or organ may show significant genetic variability, and such variations may be important in health and disease.

Associate Professor Jose Polo of Monash University explained: “Single-cell technology is revolutionising genomics medicine, allowing us to discover different cell types that have remained elusive until now”.

The new centre, the first of its kind in Australia, is a partnership between Monash University, the University of Melbourne, the University of Newcastle, the Hudson Institute of Medical Research and the Fluidigm Corporation. Work at the centre will build on Fluidigm technology for isolating and analysing individual cells and is expected to yield important findings for regenerative medicine, infection and immunity, as well as biomarker and drug discovery.

“The Centre will play a vital role in accelerating the translation of our discoveries into new treatments for disease to enable a far greater impact on human health” said Professor Bryan Williams, Director of the Hudson Institute of Medical Research.

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