Scientists grow human ‘mini brains’ – MESO-BRAIN features in Medical Express

Birmingham scientists who are growing human brain cells in the laboratory say their work could one day help combat the damage caused by Alzheimer’s and other brain traumas.

The “miniature brains” start out as human skin cells, before a team at Aston University turns them into stem cells and then brain cells. At the moment, these “mini-brains” are less than 2mm across but the multi-disciplinary MESO-BRAIN team, led by Professor Edik Rafailov, is also researching how to create bigger, 3-D brain cell clusters using tiny scaffold-like structures and nanoprinting.

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