ASCB: The Crowd Roars as World Dicty Cell Race Returns

ASBC covered the excitement about and concerns behind the second Dicty World Race. This race is expected to have more engineered cells to better understand cell taxis. Between the potential to learn more about cell motility and to translate strategies to therapeutics for sepsis, the cell race is a thrilling and educational opportunity.

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Cell Race Published in PLOS One

In worldwide chemotaxis competition, researchers race cell lines to the finish line
Neutrophil-like cells balance speed against accuracy to race through microfluidic mazes.

While much remains to be learned about chemotaxis and cell migration, the authors hope that future races will be a fun-spirited approach to continue investigating cell motility and chemotaxis on a large-scale, as well as to provide further insight into relevant areas of research.

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Read the publication here: In worldwide chemotaxis competition, researchers race cell lines to the finish line

Neutrophil-like cells must balance speed against chemotactic accuracy to win a chemotaxis maze race in the inaugural Dicty World Races, a worldwide competition, according to a study published June 22, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Monica Skoge from Princeton University, Daniel Irmia from the Massachusetts General Hospital, and colleagues. Read more at:

The Wire: A Sport That Races Amoeba Around a Maze – for Science

Racing amoeba across a microscopic maze is no doubt fun, but the reason scientists around the world are spending time and effort to breed the perfect contestants is because of its implications for disease and healing. Read the full article here:

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What is the Dicty World Race?

The Dicty World Race is a competition between Dicty and HL60 cells navigating fast and accurately through complex mazes. Dicty and HL60 cells are models for studying human neutrophils, the white blood cells protecting us from infections. Cells from different labs will compete inside identical mazes. They are guided from start to finish by chemoattractant concentration gradients, from sources at the end of the mazes.

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.