‘Mini lab in a dish’: researchers combine 3D bioelectronic systems with 3D human neural cultures

Written by Ryan Gilroy (Future Science Group)

Image credit: Northwestern University

Novel 3D bioelectronic systems have been produced by scientists that can combine with 3D human neural cultures to enable precise studies on how human brain circuits develop and repair themselves in vitro. This research was led by scientists at Northwestern University, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and the University of Illinois at Chicago (all IL, USA). The study, published in the latest issue of Science Advances, increases our understanding of how brains develop, and provides insight on repairing brains in the wake of neurotrauma and neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. “Now that the 3D platform has been developed and validated, we...

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