Robots on Drugs
Episode 13 - by Lisa Willemse (Click here to directly access the MP3)
It’s the perfect marriage between robotics, chemistry, statistics and biology. It’s the latest tool in the arsenal of study against disease. It’s known as high throughput screening, or HTS. Developed by the pharmaceutical industry in the late 1980s, research scientists around the globe are now using it to find new uses for old drugs and if current progress is any indication, it will be responsible for hundreds of new therapies in the near future.
See an HTS robot in action:
Lisa Willemse is a science communicator with a particular interest in the science found in our everyday lives. She is an alumni of the Banff Science Communications Program and currently works as Director of Communications for the Stem Cell Network in Ottawa.