Their creator and project leader, Professor Thomas Hartung, called them “a primitive type of thinking”. I hope he didn’t read my first posts on WordPress, seems like he did…
Professor Hartung and his team created the mini-brains for drug research. Most drugs which pass animal tests fail in human trials. So, now we have a tool to predict drug effects in humans without hurting those cute rodents.
“Nobody should have an excuse to still use the old animal models,” Prof Hartung said.
According to the scientists, the mini-brains are about the size of a fly’s eye but their neurons create normal neural networks and electrical impulses required for thinking activity.
Now “mini-brains” is no longer an insult, but a significant breakthrough in tissue engineering that will make our lives safer and well… smarter.