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A Cheaper, Faster Way for Growing Human Brain Cells

The method, which can grow tens of millions of active neurons in just a month, would allow researchers to test thousands of new compounds that might treat neurodegenerative diseases.

Published On 10/17/2017
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O O ne of the fastest and most effective ways to find new treatments for diseases like cancer is a technique called high-throughput screening. You start with a large sample of identical cancer cells with the same genetic mutation. Then, using fast-moving robotic arms, you divvy up the cells on big plastic trays with thousands of individual indentations, or wells. The same precision robotic arms then treat each separate well with a different compound or drug.