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Using ‘mini brains’ to study Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other disorders hits a potential snag

Brain organoids, often called "minibrains," have changed the way scientists study human brain development and disorders like autism. But the ...
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Brain organoids ‘giving insight’ into origins of autism, epilepsy and schizophrenia

Knowing how the human brain develops is critical to understanding how things can go awry in neurodevelopmental disorders, from intellectual ...
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Brain organoids becoming ‘more human’, forcing researchers to grapple with ethical concerns

Though no bigger than a pea, organoids hold enormous promise for improving our understanding of the brain: They can replicate ...
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Growing tiny brains for research: Should we ‘frantically panic’ that something might go awry?

As mini-brains become more advanced, some researchers are worried they'll develop consciousness ...
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Pea-sized mini brains just developed brain waves for the first time

Mini-brains are just the size of a pea but capable of reproducing key brain functions. They are currently a hot research topic because scientists think they ...
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Rethinking Huntington’s: Disease may have origins in the womb

From the first days of the tiny lab-grown organs’ development, primitive “progenitor cells” romped out of their birthplaces in the ...
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Potential problem with lab-grown mini-brains: They’re ‘stressed-out and confused’

Brain cells grown into clumps in flasks are totally stressed-out and confused. Cells in these clumps have ambiguous identities and ...
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Brain organoids may have ‘critical’ research limitation: Imperfect modeling of human development

Despite their potential, [brain] organoids still have some critical limitations. In a study presented [October 22] at the Society for Neuroscience meeting ...
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Tiny, lab-grown brains allow researchers to explore what makes humans different

Researchers are growing human, ape, and monkey brain tissue in the lab in order to understand what makes us different ...
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Animals enhanced with human brain cells—and robust levels of consciousness—create new ethical dilemmas

Neuroscientist Isaac Chen from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, along with his colleagues, has written ...