The human body consists of trillions of cells, but a mutation in one of them can cause cancer.
This example demonstrates that biology is not a process driven by averages and highlights the importance of single cell-level studies. The last years have seen a rapid expansion of the field of single-cell genomics, which has enabled paradigm shifts in many fields of biological sciences, ranging from evolutionary biology over stem cell biology to cancer research.
The ISCO conference is co-organized by leading centres for genomic and biomedical research in Berlin and Barcelona and brings together young single cell researchers from different disciplines to enable scientific exchange and foster new international collaborations. Topics are innovations in single-cell and spatially-resolved technologies, new computational approaches and applications in the medical arena. ISCO puts special emphasis on providing networking opportunities for PhD students and postdocs, with a large number of talks from selected abstract, a poster session and a proper party.
This year’s 3rd edition of ISCO is back in Barcelona.