Different autism risk genes, same effects on brain development

Autism spectrum disorder has been associated with hundreds of different genes, but how these distinct genetic mutations converge on a similar pathology in patients has remained a mystery. Now, researchers at Harvard University ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

'Live' brain models used in hunt for Alzheimer's treatment

Studying tiny 'live' models of the human brain has helped researchers understand its aging and find a key to potential treatments for Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.


Scientists develop brain organoids with complex neural activity

Researchers at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA have developed brain organoids—3D, brain-like structures grown from human stem cells—that show organized waves of ...

Medical research

Brain organoids develop optic cups that respond to light

Human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) can be used to generate brain organoids containing an eye structure called the optic cup, according to a study published August 17 in the journal Cell Stem Cell. The organoids ...

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