An Introduction to Cell Assays and Analysis
Cell-based assays and analysis are vital experimental tools in life science research and biomanufacturing. They are based on cell culture methods, where live cells are grown in vitro and used as model systems to assess the biochemistry and physiology of both healthy and diseased cells. Cell culture assays provide a means of quantitatively analyzing the presence, amount, or functional activity of a cell or tissue of interest.
As cost-effective and reproducible research tools, both standardized and custom-made cell-based assays are widely used by scientists in numerous applications. For example, cell culture assays are essential in preclinical drug discovery, with recently emerging technologies such as three-dimensional cell cultures and pluripotent stem cells helping to enhance compound efficacy and toxicity screening predictivity.
In the following sections we explore some key applications of cell-based assays and cell analysis, such as cell health assays, high-throughput screening assays for drug discovery, and scratch, invasion, chemotaxis, and tube formation assays for studying cell migration in disease research.
We also look at how technological solutions can facilitate your cell culture assays. This includes the convenient live-cell imaging capabilities of our CytoSMARTTM System for studying cell migration, as well as our specially formulated ToxiLightTM and ViaLightTM Assay Kits and cell culture plates for reliable and efficient cytotoxicity testing of your cell culture assays.