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CytoSMART cloud security

CytoSMART devices are connected to the Microsoft Azure cloud environment. In this article, we discuss cloud safety, privacy, and international compliance.

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Clonogenic (colony formation) assay for stem cells

Although colony formation assays are more widely known as a cancer biology assay, they do have applications in the field of stem cell biology where the self renewal potential of stem cells and their progenitors is assessed. Colony forming assays that are used in this context are not end-point based and rely on live cell imaging. The assay enables selection of desired colonies for further culturing and experimentation. Assessing colony formation is most commonly used for hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), in the form of a colony formation unit (CFU) assay.

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Spheroids: properties, image analysis and culture methods

Spheroids have become an exciting cell culture model, as they better mimic in vivo tissue properties and exhibit a superior capacity for differentiation compared to 2D culture systems. These properties make them well suited for use in drug development and tissue engineering studies, as well as for the study of fundamental biological principles.

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Neural Stem Cells

Establishment of protocols for the extraction or differentiation of neural stem cells (NSCs) and their expansion in vitro was a great advancement in neurobiology. NSCs grown in culture provide a powerful tool and an accessible model to investigate human neurodevelopment and cell biology. This article discusses neural stem cell sources, isolation, culture methods and differentiation potential.

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Human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells

In this article we will discuss the clinical use, isolation and culturing specifically for hUC-MSCs. It will become clear that maintain a strict culturing protocol, sticking to specific seeding densities, media and observing confluence is essential to maintain stemness of the MSCs.

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Announcing the CytoSMART Lux2 Duo Kit

CytoSMART Technologies today announced the launch of a new live-cell imaging system. The CytoSMART Lux2 Duo Kit offers a straightforward, cost-effective solution for researchers carrying out immediate side-by-side comparisons between cell cultures.

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