Re: Article: Microfluidic chambers advance the science of growing neurons
- as i was reading this post i kept thinking this is extremely
difficult work this lab is doing. also even thought exactly what
ralph nuzzo said...
"it's about impossible for one lab to do all this." i'll say. i've
had these thoughts...even put them on paper but lacked the kind of
paper it really takes, i.e., currency. but one point they make i have
wrote in group it takes an effort from those of many different
scientific, engineering & technological backgrounds of expertise. i
have complained for many, many years about the too highly specialized
efforts of science toiling in near isolation from the sci-com. it is
heartening to see these trends reversing. i have met experts in a
specific sub-field that outside that parameter know next to nothing
about anything else. generally they try to steer the conversation
back to only what they know. very frustrating.
science ain't cheap :)
--- In email@example.com, "Robert Karl
Stonjek" <stonjek@...> wrote:
>for culturing mammalian neurons in chambers not much larger than the
> Microfluidic chambers advance the science of growing neurons
> Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a method
neurons themselves. The new approach extends the lifespan of the
neurons at very low densities, an essential step toward developing a
method for studying the growth and behavior of individual brain cells.
>Society of Chemistry - Lab on a Chip.
> The technique is described this month in the journal of the Royal
>community," said Martha Gillette, who is an author on the study and
> "This finding will be very positively greeted by the neuroscience
the head of the cell and developmental biology department at
Illinois. "This is pushing the limits of what you can do with neurons
>environment is no easy task. Using postnatal neurons only adds to the
> Growing viable mammalian neurons at low density in an artificial
challenge, Gillette said, because these cells are extremely sensitive
to environmental conditions.