The complexity of the human brain makes it difficult to study its development. Scientists have created a cerebral organoid, a miniature, functioning model of the brain, from human stem cells.
After 20 to 30 days of growth, the mini brain developed defined regions, including a cerebral cortex, retina, meninges and choroid plexus. The mini brain reached its maximum size after two months, and can survive indefinitely.
The fully grown organoid is comparable to a 9-week-old fetal brain.
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