Researchers hope that growing tiny brains from repurposed skin cells will lead to new treatments for neurological disorders.
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The idea of a laboratory-grown brain has long been the purview of mad scientists in b-movie horror flicks. Now, a team of researchers has taken what once belonged to science fiction, and brought it squarely into the realm of scientific fact. They’ve taken skin cells, and—through a complicated stimulation process—coaxed them to develop into tiny biological facsimiles of the human brain.