Cell Image Library

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Cells are the building blocks of tissues and undergo dynamic rearrangements and changes in shape and motility during human embryonic development; abnormalities in these processes underlie some birth defects and diseases such as cancer. It is important that scientists and clinicians fully appreciate the structure and dynamic behavior of cells. And cells from a variety of organisms contribute to our knowledge of human cell biology. The database will include images acquired from current collections, publications, and by recruitment. Contributions are welcome.

The Cell aims to have a significant impact on research in health-related fields, an impact comparable to the changes wrought by access to a library of genome sequence data. This will be aided by The Cell’s utility for scientists, clinicians, and others in furthering their full appreciation of the structure and dynamic behavior of cells from a variety of organisms. This will help them contribute to our knowledge of human cell biology.

The Library effort represents not only the creation of the electronic infrastructure, but also a systematic protocol for acquisition, evaluation, annotation, and uploading of images, videos, and animations.

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This library is a public and easily accessible resource database of images, videos, and animations of cells, capturing a wide diversity of organisms, cell types, and cellular processes. The purpose of this database is to advance research on cellular activity, with the ultimate goal of improving human health.

Cells, the building blocks of tissues, undergo dramatic dynamic rearrangements and changes in shape and motility during our lifetimes; abnormalities in these processes underlie numerous human diseases. It is important that scientists and clinicians fully appreciate the structure and dynamic behavior of cells, including cells from diverse organisms, to make advancements to human health.

The Cell includes images acquired from historical and modern collections, publications, and by recruitment.

Contributions are welcome.

Purpose

The Image Library is a repository for images and movies of cells from a variety of organisms. It demonstrates cellular architecture and functions with high quality images, videos, and animations. This comprehensive and easily accessible Library is designed as a public resource first and foremost for research, and secondarily as a tool for education. The long-term goal is the construction of a library of images that will serve as primary data for research.

The Library effort represents not only the creation of the electronic infrastructure, but also a systematic protocol for acquisition, evaluation, annotation, and uploading of images, videos, and animations.

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David Orloff

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This project is supported by Award Number RC2GM092708 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), U.S. National Institutes of Health, to the American Society for Cell Biology. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIGMS, NIH, NCMIR, or ASCB.

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