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Cells to Self

Cells to Self
Cells to Self

Exploring the Life Inside You

How do the trillions of cells in your body work together to create a human self? How are you shaped by the genes you’re born with, and by your environment?

Through more than 20 new experiences, this collection reveals the wondrous variety of human cells, and the amazing things they’re doing in your body. See live heart cells beating in time with your own pulse, or find out which bacteria are living on your skin. Through living tissues, microscopes, and digital models, you’ll discover how cells move and communicate. And consider how genetic and environmental forces create your uniquely human self.



More than 20 Exhibits Now Open

Exploratorium, Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street)

Cells to Self is a multiyear initiative encompassing both exhibit development and museum visitor research projects. Cells to Self is made possible through the generous support of the Troy and Leslie Daniels Fund for Life Sciences and from Genentech, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants 151461216128311322828, and 1548297. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
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Additional support for the Microscope Imaging Station was generously provided by the David & Lucile Packard Foundation and the Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health under multiple Science Education Partnership Awards. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

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