Lab-grown brain bits open windows to the mind

Lab-grown brain bits open windows to the mind – and a maze of ethical dilemmas

September 2 at 7:56 PM PHILADELPHIA – Xuyu Qian yanked open an incubator door at the University of Pennsylvania to reveal rows of cylindrical tubes swirling, like shaken-up snow globes, with a strange and exotic flurry. The pale, peppercorn-sized spheres were lab-grown globules of human brain tissue, or, as Qian occasionally refers to them, “minibrains.”

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