28 Jul '16, 4pm

Scientists in Singapore grow functioning 'mini' midbrain tissue

Scientists in Singapore grow functioning 'mini' midbrain tissue

SINGAPORE — Scientists in Singapore claim to have successfully grown functioning midbrain tissue — a feat that may bring researchers a step closer to finding a cure for brain diseases like Parkinson's disease. The group of researchers from the A*Star Genome Institute of Singapore, the Duke-NUS Medical School and the National Neuroscience Institute announced their findings from their two-year research effort to the press on Thursday. SEE ALSO: Muhammad Ali was one of Parkinson's 'strongest fighters' While other researchers have previously managed to grow brain tissue in a lab, the Singapore team says their "eureka moment" came when they found the midbrain tissue had created neuromelanin, a pigment found in the human midbrain. The brain organoid in a small jar, with black pigment visible. Image: victoria ho/mashable The midbrain is located in the brain stem, and is the part ...

Full article: http://mashable.com/2016/07/28/singapore-mini-midbrain/

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