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Mar 14, 2007

New Stem Cell Production Plant Installs CompacT SelecT System

  • Stem Cell Sciences installed a CompacT SelecT™ automated cell culture system from The Automation Partnership (TAP) at its new facility in Cambridge, U.K. The system will be used to culture several different human and mouse stem cell lines for pharmaceutical applications.

    “Stem cells are harder to grow than most cell lines so you have to reproduce their optimum growth conditions every time,” explains Julie Kerby, business unit manager at Stem Cell Sciences. “We are confident the CompacT SelecT can do this because it is based on TAP's SelecT cell culture system, which deservedly has the reputation of being the pharma industry's gold standard for reliable automated cell culturing.”



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Scientifically Studying Ecstasy

MDMA (commonly known as the empathogen “ecstasy”) is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which is reserved for compounds with no accepted medical use and a high abuse potential. Two researchers from Stanford, however, call for a rigorous scientific exploration of MDMA's effects to identify precisely how the drug works, the data from which could be used to develop therapeutic compounds.

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