Scientists shocked as a blob of the human brain grows functioning eyes in a lab dish
In a fascinating new article, scientists report that a group of mini-brains grown from stem cell laboratories has developed working eye structures.
Two optical cups were produced from the small brain organoids that were grown in dishes and reflected the growth of the structure of the eyes in human embryos.
Experimental scientists believe that breakthroughs can help people understand eye conditions better.
‘The work of Jay-Gopalakrishnan from the University of Hospital Dusseldorf in Germany underlines the remarkable capability of brain organoids to generate primitive sensory structures that are light-sensitive and harbour cell types similar to those found on the body.
The organoids can help study brain-eye interactions, model congenital retinal disorders, and create retinal cell-patient types for personalized drug testing and transplant therapy.”
As we know them, brain organoids aren’t full brains. They are small structures produced from adult human stem cells.
Stamm cells may become many different types of tissue, this time becoming brain tissue “blobs.”
The brains cannot look like thoughts, emotions or consciousness, according to scientists.
The “mini-brains” are used for research as “ethically tricky” for testing actual living brains.
Gopalakrishnan and his colleagues tried this time to watch the development of their eyes.
Brain organoids, as we know them, are not entire brains. These are small, adult human stem cell structures.
Stem cells can develop into many different kinds of tissue and are now “blobs” of the brain tissue.
According to scientists, the brain cannot appear like thoughts, emotions or awareness.
The “mini-brains” are used to test actual living brains as “ethically difficult.”
This time Gopalakrishnan and his colleagues have tried to observe their eyes develop.
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