Scientists Grow Mini-Brain in Lab

by Rachel Baker on August 30, 2013

Scientists have grown tissue that has all the parts of the parts of the human brain.

Scientists have long been taunted by the human brain. After all, the very organ that gives us knowledge remains largely unmastered — something President Obama has set to rectify, in part, with an ambitious effort to map the brain. An incredible new development brings us closer to understanding the human mind, however: researchers have successfully grown a “mini brain” in the lab. This lab-cultivated tissue represents the first time a three-dimensional mass with multiple, distinct brain regions has been created, and it could offer researchers an invaluable tool for working towards a cure for certain brain diseases.

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