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Scientists at the University of Central Florida have done something amazing. They have taken stem cells and used them to grow the neuromuscular junctions that connect muscle cells to spinal cord cells. These junctions are what brain uses to communicate with and control the muscles of the body. These cells could have a direct impact on the treatment of conditions like Lou Gehrig’s disease and spinal cord injury. Further, they are a pivotal step toward the development of “human-on-a-chip” technology. By artificially mimicking human functioning, this technology could shorten the decade or so it takes new drugs to make their way through animal and patient trials and earn FDA approval. This would help all of us, bringing us the most cutting-edge treatments faster. Congratulations UCF!!