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Epidermal Growth Factor-Hydrogel Promotes Astrocyte Culture

In a new STEM CELLS Translational Medicine study that aimed to develop a biomaterial platform for glial cell culture, researchers from the laboratory of Eng H. Lo (Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA) now describe the relative importance of epidermal growth factor containing hydrogels for primary astrocyte culture and their polarization into pro‐recovery phenotypes. Chan et al. hope that their findings will complement similar studies that have evaluated neural progenitor cells and neurogenesis and contribute towards cell and regenerative therapies in the central nervous system.