The Scotsman

Human cells send signals like computers


Human body cells are wired like computer chips to direct signals that instruct them how to function, University of Edinburgh scientists have discovered.

But unlike a f i xed circuit board, human cells can rapidly rewire their communicat­ion networks to change their behaviour, according to the groundbrea­king research.

University of Edinburgh scientists say the discovery of this “cell- wide web” turns mankind’s understand­ing of how instructio­ns spread around a cell on its head.

The study has been pub - lished in the scientific journal Nature Communicat­ions.

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