Cells are the basic building blocks of all living things, acting like mini-compartments for biological equipment. Our bodies are made up of roughly 100 trillion cells and hundreds of different types of cells make up the different parts of our bodies. Nerve cells send and receive electrical signals traveling around the body at 20mph! And muscle cells allow us to move and keep our heart beating. Cancer is caused when cells go rogue; they break the rules about when they should grow and multiply until they are out of control.
There is a scientist in this zone who is studying cells to find out how they evolve, one who helps kill cancer cells through radiation therapy and one who is trying to grow part of a brain to learn about diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. You will also meet a scientist who studies cells in your immune system that stop you from getting ill, and someone who uses powerful microscopes to see what is inside cells and how they work.