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Human Cell: From Micro to Macro

To fully understand disease mechanisms, MGH researchers study life’s building block: the cell.

By Lauren Ware // The MGH Research Issue 2011
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Molecular biologists at MGH study the intricate machinery of the cell, from the tightly coiled DNA in its nucleus to the labyrinthine, bumpy endoplasmic reticulum where proteins are made and folded, to the sugars, lipids and other waste products the cell excretes. The ultimate goal: to deepen understanding of how these complex components work to maintain or disrupt human health. With this knowledge, therapies can be developed to treat diseases at the cellular level.

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