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Grow your own brain
The potential for stem cell treatments in neurological disease has yet to reach its full potential. A recent study in Nature has taken this technology to the next level by growing whole brains in vitro. The brains, termed organoids, grew to a size equivalent to a 9-week fetus, but were incapable of thought. Organoids derived from stem cells from a patient with microcephaly showed premature neuronal differentiation, suggesting that this approach can model human diseases that are difficult to study in animal models.
Publicity on the brain
The importance of communicating neuroscientific findings to the wider public has never been higher. Public understanding of—and interest in—advances in neuroscience is a prerequisite for major grant-awarding …
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