Researchers Grow Large Batches of Neurons for Drug Screening

Simons Foundation Autism Research Institute
Date Published: 
October 9, 2013

Researchers have optimized the production from stem cells of large numbers of a subtype of neurons involved in cognitive function. These neurons express the chemical messenger glutamate and are implicated in cognitive disorders such as autism. This technique, published in Translational Psychiatry, could generate enough neurons for large-scale screening of drugs.