The great slime mold race
Dictyostelium discoideum is an amoeba known for its ability to navigate mazes. HL60 is a cancerous human cell line, derived from a 36-year-old woman with leukemia, that is known for the speed with which its cells can move. On May 16, researchers from around the world will go head-to-head, racing improved versions of both cells, to see who can make a Dicty or HL60 that is both smart and fast.Anyone can enter, but the deadline to sign up is tomorrow. So read the rules and get to training your cells and single-celled organisms today!