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Scientists Grow “Mini Brains” From Stem Cells

Reuters reports that scientists in Austria have succesfully grown “mini brains” using stem cells. The study, published in Nature, showed that combining the stem cells with the appropriate nutrients for cell combination and organization allowed for the development of these mini organs. After a few months, “the fragments had organized themselves into primitive structures that could be recognized as developing brain regions such as the retina, choroid plexus and cerebral cortex.” Using the “organoids,” the researchers were able to create a model for the development of microcephaly, a rare brain disorder. They believe that using these mini-brains, scientists can also better understand the development of more common brain disorders, such as autism or schizophrenia.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study in Nature.