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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.

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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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