Singapore Scientists find way to mass produce neurons using human stem cells

SINGAPORE- Local researchers have found a new way to mass produce nerve cells in the brain using human stem cells. Being able to efficiently produce the neurons in such large quantities could help scientists to study many psychiatric and neurological disorders such as autism and schizophrenia, as well as to screen drugs more rapidly. The team of scientists from Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS), A*Star’s Genome Institute of Singapore and the National Neuroscience Institute, developed a new procedure to steamline the process of producing a type of neuron called GABAergic neurons (GNs) in the laboratory. They identified genetic factors involved in GN development in the brain and then tried many different combinations of these factors, before successfully confirming that mature and functional human GNs were produced in the lab. This method…


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