Belarusian geneticists come up with new way to study cell ageing

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MINSK. December 29. KAZINFORM Specialists of the Genetics and Cytology Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus has put together a computer-assisted video unit to monitor live cells, BelTA learned from representatives of the institute's lab for modeling genetic processes; Kazinform refers to BelTA.

The equipment has enabled continuous long-term monitoring of cells for the sake of tracking the dynamics of cell populations over months in order to respond to fast processes and analyze causes of cell changes.

The data will be used to study ageing problems of life forms, test the impact of medications on cells, design new biotechnologies for cattle breeding and assess environmental risks.

Special software will use video data to build cell genealogical chains that will be used to track changes in cell parameters - shape, evolution speed, movement - over several cell generations. In the future the scientists plan to start batch production of the new research complex using capacities of the research and manufacturing corporation Planar.

The Genetics and Cytology Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus is the country's leading research institution in the area of genetics and genomics of plants, animals, microorganisms and humans. It focuses on using the latest genetics advances to come up with new technologies for various branches of the national economy.

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