Bioinformatics Speeds Stem Cell Work

An article from Betterhumans takes a look at one way in which bioinformatics is speeding up embryonic stem cell research. As Randall Parker of FuturePundit has long been saying, bioinformatics and related technologies are making a big difference to the rate at which medical research is moving forward: "Enabling technologies that accelerate by orders of magnitude the search for compounds that change the internal regulatory state of cells is more important than any particular discovery made with the tools." In this case, it is allowing thousands or millions of experiments to occur in parallel, controlled by computer. Scientists are searching for chemicals that control the behavior of these cells, pathways that will allow therapies to be developed.



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