A mini-race of neutrophils

A mini-race in our lab, where neutrophils from healthy donors compete for the titles of the fastest and the smartest.

UPDATES TO RACE STRUCTURE

The race is almost upon us! We have slightly updated the race structure to add a qualifying round between June and July and finals at the end of July.

Race Organization and Potential for Advancing Science

We have many new and exciting updates! The new Dicty Race will use microscopes that stream images to the cloud, and cloud-based computing to allow competitors to get real time analysis. We have put together a schedule to allow for testing new cells, qualifying games and a final competition for dicty, HL60s, mouse neutrophils, and human cells. 

Engineering the Racetracks

The Dicty World Race is possible because of recent engineering advances, which borrow technologies from the electronic industry and adapts them to build mazes sized to cell dimensions. The microfluidic devices we design enable us to measure cell migration with higher precision than ever before. We can now measure not only how fast individual cells move towards a target, but their accuracy navigating around obstacles and finding the shortest path towards a target.

Planning for the Race

On May 25, 2017, Dicty and HL60 cells will race for the “Fastest & Smartest” title. The first step for competing in the race is to sign up with an email address. We will send you a mini-microscope and a dozen microfluidic devices to start testing your cells. Then, you will select the cells with the best chance to win and ship them to our lab before the race.

Subscriber Update

Hello Subscribers, Jump into your race car and fasten your seatbelt, it’s time for a Dicty World Race update! Currently…

2014 Dicty World Race

Fourteen participating teams engineered Dicty and HL60 cells to run through the mazes. More than 400 cells finished the race in the 3-hour observation time. HL60 cells were overall twice as fast as Dicty cells. However, Dicty cells were better at finding the shortest path through the maze.

Testimonials

The racing team from Medizinische Hochschule Hannover set us this picture from their training sessions. “There is no substitute for training hard” and the team led by Jan Faix won a meritorious third place in the 2014 race. (photo credit: Alexander Junemann, Christorf Franke, and Stefan Bruehmann).