Newly developed micro brain tissues may help treat certain neurological diseases. A team of researchers including Rusty Gage and collaborators from the Salk Institute recently disclosed that the blobs of the matter from human brain tissues developed in the lab were successfully transplanted in to the mice.
The novel method is supposed to be used in the exploration of the treatments over critical sorts of neurological diseases, which include Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. For the same, the research team developed the blobs using the matter from human stem cells, which they refer as ‘brain organoids’.
Brain organoids were continuously growing, as the neurons got connected to the others from the brains surrounding to them, when the lab-grown brain was surgically implanted in the brains of rodents. Such type of transplants has been successful for the first time, while earlier to this research; the brains were just developed and grown in the experimental dishes.
Law and philosophy professor and director at the Duke Science and Society, Nita Farahany said in a statement that, “Mini brain research is progressing so quickly that scientists need to start thinking about the potential implications now.”
Farahany continued that “Is it possible that an organoid far off in the future could develop something that looks like consciousness or any kind of sentience, the ability to feel something like pain? This is really the time to get out ahead of these ethical issues before it becomes deeply problematic to proceed without having addressed them.”