A brain grown in a jar?!
American biologists announced that they have been growing a human brain and keeping it alive in a lab. Yes, you read that right. Rene Anand, a professor of biological chemistry and pharmacology at Ohio State University, along with his team, have grown an almost exact replica of a five-week old fetus’s brain. Though the size is very small (like a pencil rubber), it contains 99 pc of cells that would be in the brain of the human foetus. It’s said to be the most fully formed brain model that’s ever been engineered. Professor Anand claims that the brain has its own spinal cord and beginnings of an eye.
The brain was engineered using stem-cell technology. Professor Anand plans to grow the brain until it’s at the stage of a 12-week-old human foetus. At that age, a baby in the womb can curl its fingers, toes, and use eye muscles. With this experiment, the professor strives to restructure brain disorder treatments. This can help patients with genetic neurological disorders and developmental diseases, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
His team has also been working on the study of disorders of the brain in military soldiers. The U.S. Army chiefs are interested that Professor Anand is studying to understand the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, eventually finding a way to repair soldiers’ brains.
In today’s science, a brain is being grown to eventually cure brain disorders and injuries. Would you use this?