Miniature ‘human brain’ grown in lab


James Gallagher
BBC
August 28, 2013

Cross-section of miniature human brains termed cerebral organoids / via BBC

Cross-section of miniature human brains termed cerebral organoids / via BBC

Miniature “human brains” have been grown in a lab in a feat scientists hope will transform the understanding of neurological disorders.

The pea-sized structures reached the same level of development as in a nine-week-old foetus, but are incapable of thought.

The study, published in the journal Nature, has already been used to gain insight into rare diseases.

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