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Dicty World Race
 , set to take place on May 16. Dicty and HL60 cells will compete for the title of fastest and smartest by navigating though some convoluted mazes. Read more...

The winner of the 2013 race is  MDA MB 231 s1: Human breast cancer cell line that we received from Dr. Alexis Gautreau, Laboratoire d'Enzymologie et Biochimie Structurales, France. Congratulations !!! On the second place, the MFH 152: Sarcoma cell line that we received from Mohamed Jemaà in Dr. Ariane Abrieu' s lab at the Centre de Recherche de Biochimie Macromoleculaire, France.

The MDA cells moved at a steady pace, starting within an hour after the beginning of the race, and making a fair number of mistakes along the way.  MFH started moving only at about 8 hours after the beginning of the race, and although some cells were eventually faster and more accurate than the MDAs, not many had a chance to cross the finish line before the end of the race. By the rules of this race, the MDA cells are the winners, of this cellular version of the classical, Aesop's race in the fable The Tortoise and the Hare

Watch the race as it happened on November 22, 2013. The winner will receive a EUR 400 voucher from our generous sponsor, Ibidi.  

We thank to all our sponsors for their support: The Embassy of France in the US, Ibidi, the BioMEMS Resource Center, and our Media Partner the MEMS Journal.


  • The 2013 Cell Race starts at 6PM GMT (1PM EST) Join us to learn what cells are the fastest ! 
    Posted Nov 25, 2013, 10:06 AM by Daniel Irimia
  • World Dicty Race !!! Responding to requests from numerous researchers using Dictyostelium for research in cell motility, we are putting the final touches on an assay that will become the racetrack for another exciting competition, the Dicty World Race 2014, scheduled for May 16, 2014.  Please stay tuned for details  .
    Posted Jan 20, 2014, 7:58 AM by Daniel Irimia
  • Time lapse imaging Cells move slow, a few body lengths each hour, and their body is only 20-30 microns long.  To help visualize their progress we will be taking one frame every 15 minutes and then compressing the frames in movies where each frame plays for less than a second.  We will update these movies every hour after the start of the race.
    Posted Nov 21, 2013, 8:46 PM by Daniel Irimia
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