Scientists give star treatment to lesser-known cells crucial for brain development

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 14:02 in Biology & Nature

After decades of relative neglect, star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes are finally getting their due. To gather insight into a critical aspect of brain development, a team of scientists examined the maturation of astrocytes in 3-D structures grown in culture dishes to resemble human brain tissue. The study confirms the lab-grown cells develop at the same rate as those found in human brains.

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