Singapore scientists grow ‘mini-brains’

Professors (from left) Tan Eng King, Ng Huck Hui and Shawn Je helped lead the research that is a world first in creating midbrain tissue. The resultant “mini-brains” are a much simpler version of the human midbrain.PHOTO: A*STAR’S GENOME INSTITUTE OF SINGAPORE.Professors Tan Eng King, Ng Huck Hui and Shawn Je helped lead the research that is a world first in creating midbrain tissue. The resultant “mini-brains” (above) are a much simpler version of the human midbrain.PHOTO: A*STAR’S GENOME INSTITUTE OF SINGAPORE.The “mini-brain” created neuromelanin, a pigment found in the human midbrain, which has been associated with protecting cells from dying, and is diminished in the brains of patients with Parkinson’s.PHOTO: A*STAR’S GENOME INSTITUTE OF SINGAPORE Singaporean scientists have taken a big leap forward in studying the human brain by…


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