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Automated scans let scientists track drugs’ broad effects on cells

Bringing an unprecedented level of automation to microscopy, scientists at Harvard University have developed a powerful new method of visualizing drugs’ multifaceted impact on cells. A method dubbed “cytological profiling” trains computers to recognize cell status and health from cellular images, virtually automating microscopic scanning for various types of abnormalities.The technique, which could eventually become a standard tool for drug discovery, is described this week in the journal Science.