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Scientists grow miniature brain

by Futures Centre, Mar 20
1 minute read

Cambridge Researchers have succeeded in growing a miniature brain similar to the human foetal brain at 12 to 16 weeks of pregnancy.  Their aim is to use this technology to better understand the nervous system and work towards treating illnesses such as motor neurone disease, epilepsy and schizophrenia.

Human Brain by Alina Grubnyak

Grown from human stem cells, this tiny brain sent out connections to link up with a spinal cord and muscle tissue. However, the scientists said the structure was still too small and primitive to have anything approaching thoughts, feelings or consciousness.



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