Tracing a cellular family tree

By combining sophisticated RNA sequencing technology with a new device that isolates single cells and their progeny, MIT researchers can now trace detailed family histories for several generations of cells descended from one “ancestor.” This technique could shed light on how cancer develops. (Learn more:

Video produced and edited by Melanie Gonick/MIT

Device videos courtesy of Robert Kimmerling/Manalis Lab
Music sampled from, "Forgotten Stars" by Sergey Cheremisinov