SfN19: Brain organoids advance studies of neural development, research suggests

Written by Alex Hyde (Future Science Group)

Credit: Collin Edington and Iris Lee, Koch Institute MIT. CC BY-NC-ND

New research presented at SfN Neuroscience 2019 (19–23 October, Chicago, IL, USA) outlines some of the exciting developments and important limitations in the use of brain organoids. “The advances presented today illustrate the exciting potential of using organoids to study brain processes in normal development and disease. However, we know they must be rigorously compared to the normally developing human brain to better understand their strengths and limitations,” commented Hongjun Song, a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine (PA, USA). Brain organoids can consistently reproduce rich diversity of cell types found in human cerebral cortex, study...

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