Building an almost-brain

Cells in the lab weave themselves into tiny, brainlike structures

By Stephen Ornes, 12:38 PM September 18, 2013

Special cells can weave themselves together into blobs that, under a microscope, look a lot like the brain tissue in a developing fetus. You might think of these cellular masses as “brains-under-development.” Madeline Lancaster and J├╝rgen Knoblich offer a more technical name for them: “cerebral organoids.” Working at the Austrian Academy of Science in Vienna, these molecular biologists helped develop the almost-brain tissue.


The tiny blobs are not nearly as complex as a full-fledged human br...

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