Mini-Brains Grown in a Lab Have Human-Like Brain Activity

A new study promises new paths to research mental illness, but raises questions about whether so-called organoids could develop consciousness

Emily Mullin
OneZero

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Brain organoids in a dish. Credit: Muotri Lab-UCTV

AAlysson Muotri was dumbfounded when the pea-sized blobs of human brain cells that he was growing in the lab started emitting…

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Emily Mullin
OneZero

Former staff writer at Medium, where I covered biotech, genetics, and Covid-19 for OneZero, Future Human, Elemental, and the Coronavirus Blog.