Justin Palmer


Undergraduate Student


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Creation Date

Spring 2023


Cells, the building blocks of life, are as remarkably diverse as the life they constitute. Our bodies are comprised of hundreds of different cell types, each having unique functions, some still unknown. In medicine, the correct identification of cells is vital for proper therapeutic application. Can you find any differences between these normal mouse olfactory ensheathing cells and cancerous (CD90-positive) olfactory stem cells? This photo of seemingly indistinguishable cells highlights the value artificial intelligence (AI) holds for researchers. Studies show that AI can be better than researchers in tasks like this, proving their potential for use in modern medicine. The scientists I worked under at the Clem Jones Centre of Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, are exploring AI in their research. They study spinal cord injury and stem cells in hopes to conduct the first ever cell transplantation and rehabilitation clinical trial. Various molecular markers and dyes help them characterize cells, like the ones shown in this image.