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Brain Tissue Kept Alive For Weeks On Artificial Membrane

A new system for keeping tissue viable for long-term study once transferred from an animal to a culture medium has been developed by researchers at the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research in Japan. The new system[1] uses a microfluidic device that can keep tissue from both drying out and from drowning in fluid. A […]

Microarrayed 3-D Neuronal Culture Platform Developed

Neuron development is often regulated by the graded distribution of guidance molecules, which can either attract or repel the neuronal migration or neurite projection when presented in a format of concentration gradients, or chemotaxis. However, many details about the process are largely unexplored. A research team from City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has tackled […]

Testing New Drugs With “ALS-on-a-chip”

There is no cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease that gradually kills off the motor neurons that control muscles and is diagnosed in nearly 6,000 people per year in the United States. In an advance that could help scientists develop and test new drugs, MIT engineers have designed a microfluidic chip in which […]

Microfluidics Chip Allows Modelling Of Nerve Cell Interactions

In recent years, great advancements have been made in researching technologies to study human tissues in health and disease. One area that has gathered particular interest is the field of microfluidics, which can be simply defined as a system that allows for control over delivery of small volumes of fluids. Microfluidic systems allow researchers to […]