“This project is great fun and should help interest young students to get interested in science, especially cell biology!  I know cells seem slow, but if you calculate their relative speed compared to their size it is equivalent to about 1/10 kilometer per hour – not that slow!”

Peter Devreotes, Professor and Director, Cell Biology, Johns Hopkins, School of Medicine

“I am enthusiastic about this initiative.  It has all the facets of a serious scientific challenge: we can learn a lot, we have to compete, and we have fun.  I hope that this will be the starting point of what may become the Dicty Olympics in a few years from now.”

“I believe it is extremely important that scientists engage in and support fun experiments such as the DICTY World Race as it can teach us a variety of things, for example: science (even serious science) can be fun! , experiments such as this teach us to keep an open mind about outcomes even though we think we can predict many results, we need to engage with scientists and non–scientists of all colours (discipline, geography, fundamental or applied) and we need to enjoy the work we engage in!”

“Determining the best and the brightest among cell lines of Dicty and neutrophils by match racing sounds like fun and may give insight into critical physiological abilities of the cells. Several mutations have been described in Dicty that lead to faster, straight-ahead motility. Cells with altered genes encoding Rap1, Rck1, Pde5 or Pde6 might be the fastest but might also have trouble turning around the corners of a chemotactic microfluidic race track. Would you bet on the outcome?”

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