In an large step forward for neuroscience research around the globe, scientists at Institute of Molecular Biotechnology at the Austrian Academy of Science in Vienna created mini-brain-like organoids using stem cells. Published in Nature yesterday, these pea-sized clusters of human brain tissue can help researchers explore important questions about brain development and neurological disorders. Related to this exciting development in the field, NYSCF scientists are generating neural models “in the dish” using stem cells to create and develop neurons that interact with each other and can be measured on a molecular level using sensitive electronic equipment. This type of research is critical for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, among many others.

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