Thursday, 20 August 2015

Briefly: Scientists Create Human Brain for the First Time!

Scientists at the Ohio State University have succeeded in creating an almost fully formed human brain in a lab for the first time ever.

The team lead, Professor Rene reveals that the miniature brain is about the size of a pencil eraser and resembles that of a five-week old foetus. It contains 99 per cent of the genes present in the human foetal brain and has an identifiable structure, Rene noted.

Before now, mouse brains have been a primary source of research for scientists exploring human brain development. However, whilst rodents share many similarities, the fundamental differences have been limiting scientific research in the field.

Rene reportedly said “We’ve struggled for a long time trying to solve complex brain disease problems that cause tremendous pain and suffering. The power of their brain model bodes very well for human health because it gives us better and more relevant options to test and develop therapeutics other than rodents.”

The discovery would assist in the study of developmental diseases and also proffer solution to conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and autism

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