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Old 12-12-2008, 10:28 AM   #1172
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Force field gadget becomes a prison cell for cells

A device that can hold individual cells in an electric force field could lead to improvements in drug trials or even biofuel production, say German biochemists. For the first time, researchers will be able to clearly assess the individual cell response to a single variable, while other conditions are kept stable.

In the early stages of drug development, new compounds are tested on cell cultures, with the cells' responses closely monitored.

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