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BRAVE NEW WORLD

Miniature 'human brain' grown in lab

'Technique could also be used to replace mice and rats in drug research'

(BBC News) Miniature “human brains” have been grown in a lab in a feat scientists hope will transform the understanding of neurological disorders.

The pea-sized structures reached the same level of development as in a nine-week-old fetus, but are incapable of thought.

The study, published in the journal Nature, has already been used to gain insight into rare diseases.

Neuroscientists have described the findings as astounding and fascinating.

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