New tool may identify drugs for asthma, hypertension and muscular dystrophy | fitness

Scientists have developed a tool that could make it easier to evaluate new drugs for diseases associated with abnormal levels of cell strength, including hypertension, asthma and muscular dystrophy.

The new tool can measure the physical strength of individual cells 100 times faster than current technologies, according to a study published in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering.

“With this new tool, we can now test for potential therapeutics that can restore normal cellular force generation and therefore restore function to diseased tissues made of these cells,” said Dino Di Carlo from the University of California, Los Angeles in the US.

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