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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 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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Lab-grown mini brains ‘perilously close’ to consciousness?

Neuroscientists at more than a hundred laboratories around the world are now cultivating small brains from human cells in glass ...
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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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Lab-grown ‘mini brains’ with neural activity of pre-term infants could boost brain, disease research

Scientists have been trying to grow human organs—including kidneys, livers, skin and guts—from scratch well over a decade. These “organoids” are not ...
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‘Tremendous ethical challenge’: What if lab-grown brains are capable of developing consciousness?

At what point does electro-chemical activity in dissected brain-like tissue become conscious? Yes, I’m talking about the classic sci-fi “brain ...
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Cloned mini-brains could boost research into autism, other disorders

An army of free-floating minibrain clones are heading your way!  No, that’s not the premise of a classic sci-fi brain-in-jars ...
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‘Massive step forward’: Lab-grown mini-brain twitches a muscle

Floating inside a petri dish in a lab at Cambridge University, a single disjointed muscle twitched. Normally that’s not news ...
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Building a better mini brain: How these tiny organoids can boost fight against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

It’s your favorite organ, self-assembling, ready to go ...
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Lab-grown ‘mini brains’ are similar to those of premature babies and why that’s a concern

‘Mini brains’ grown in a dish have spontaneously produced human-like brain waves for the first time — and the electrical ...