Scientists grow first fully formed lab brain

OHIO: Scientists have managed to grow an almost fully formed miniature-sized brain in lab for the first time.


The nearly complete brain, about the size of a pencil eraser was developed by scientists at The Ohio State University.

The lab-grown brain, which has the maturity of a five-week-old, is the most complete ever developed, The Independent reported on Thursday.

The brain-in-a-dish was engineered from adult human skin cells and contains 99 percent of the genes present in a fetal brain.

Rene Anand, the professor of biological chemistry and pharmacology at the university, has expressed hope that the feat could help scientists studying developmental diseases and help them understand conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and autism.