Scientists grow mini human brain

A cross-section of an entire organoid

A cross-section of an entire organoid. Image credit: Copyright: IMBA/ Madeline A. Lancaster

A miniature human brain the size of a pea has been grown from stem cells by scientists at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology in Vienna, Austria.

Layers of brain cells with defined regions form “cerebral organoids” that resemble embryonic brains.

It is hoped that the organoids will be useful for analysing how conditions such as schizophrenia or autism occur in the brain.

Coverage: BBC, MIT Technology Review, New Scientist, Live Science

Cerebral organoids model human brain development and microcephaly: Nature

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