A human body is a conversation going on, both within the cells and between the cells, and they’re telling each other to grow and to die; when you’re sick, something’s gone wrong with that conversation.

Danny Hillis

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“Understanding Cancer Through Proteomics.” TEDMED 2010. Oct. 2010. Conference Presentation.

Source: "Understanding Cancer Through Proteomics." TEDMED 2010. Oct. 2010. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote by scientist Danny Hillis means that human health is determined by interactions (or "conversation") inside of cells and in between cells in the body. If there is something abnormal about these interactions, then you become sick. Hillis goes on to explain that this "conversation" is very complicated and hard to measure, which is what makes diseases like cancer so difficult to track. The quote is from Hillis' 2010 TED Talk about the use of proteomics, the study of proteins in the body, to understand cancer. Watch the full TED Talk here: Danny Hillis - Understanding Cancer Through Proteomics