MIT engineers have devised a way to stack neurons to form three-dimensional brain tissue (Image: Marcia Williams Medical Illustrations)
A micro-fabricated array of multilayer digitally specified 3D tissue prototypes (Photo: Harvard/MIT)
A team of researchers from MIT and Harvard Medical School have devised a cheap way of artificially growing three-dimensional brain tissues in the lab. Built layer by layer, the tissues can take on just about any shape and closely mimic the cellular composition of the tissue found in the living brain. The advance could allow scientists to get a closer look at how neurons form connections, predict how cells of individual patients will respond to different drugs, and even lead to the creation of bioengineered implants to replace damaged brain tissue.
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