Training neural circuits early in development improves response, study finds

When it comes to training neural circuits for tissue engineering or biomedical applications, a new study suggests a key parameter: Train them young. Training of engineered neurons has many applications in bioengineering and regenerative medicine. Techniques usually involve training cells after they have fully matured. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign researchers found that training them throughout early cell development and network formation led to lasting improvements in the connections, responsivity and gene expression of the resulting neural network.