A novel approach to studying the human brain

Building three-dimensional human brain organoids

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Jun 01, 2018
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Scientists have developed a novel approach to study the human brain. Pluripotent stem cells are cultivated into organoids or neural tissues and differentiated to represent specific regions of the brain and nervous system called brain assembloids. These 3D cultured cells will allow researchers to explore the onset of diseases, psychiatric disorders and neurological conditions in humans. In addition, the brain assembloids will assist researchers understand the evolution of the human brain and how it develops and matures in individuals. In future, the research technique will aid the identification of genetic markers (using CRSPR technology) to target the application of therapeutic treatments.  

The poster is free to download. It was created by Sergiu Pasca from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, and published via Nature Neuroscience online with support by Stemcell Technologies. 

Building three-dimensional human brain organoids


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Gabrielle Ahern

Community Editor, npj Science of Learning Community

I have developed a mixed portfolio of skills and experience in science communication and in my spare time, I develop original content to educate others about different themes in science. My qualifications include a Bachelor of Marine Studies (Honours), University of Queensland; a Certificate IV in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Australia City College; a Graduate Certificate specialising in Tertiary Teaching and Learning Practices, University of Wollongong; and a Graduate Certificate majoring in Journalism, UQ. You're welcome to contact me for a chat.

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Go to the profile of Margie Meacham
Margie Meacham 16 days ago

How do we know these models are really accurate? Is there any risk of losing fidelity through this process?

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Gabrielle Ahern 16 days ago

I understand where you are coming from and with the design of any experiment there are always going to be questions about whether it is appropriate or will it answer research questions. Without the application of such innovative techniques though, how will researchers advance their knowledge. This type of technique might also work to inspire other avenues for scientists to explore.