The ethics of ‘mini human brains’

| September 4, 2013
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You’ve probably already heard about the miniature ‘human brain’ grown in laboratory.

It’s not hard to see why these little blobs have attracted a lot of media attention. It’s a remarkable technique, although growing brain cells in culture is not new. Such ‘brains in a dish’ have been around for some time.

What’s new here is that these organoids grew in 3D, and – all by themselves – started to differentiate into rudimentary brain regions. Incredible. But is it ethical?

Read the full, original story here: The Ethics of ‘Mini Human Brains’

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