The human brain is extremely fragile and equally bad at regenerating damaged cells. Be it an injury or a disease, the effects of brain neuron damage are mostly irreversible. Research led by the University ofPlymouth has uncovered a mechanism that can be used by neural StemCells, or NSCs to activate i.e restore to their original form. This will helpscientists assess the behaviour of the brain in order to develop effectivetreatments.
Neural Stem Cells manufacture neurons, which are responsible fortransmitting messages between different sections of the brain.Furthermore, NSC also produce glial cells in the brain (which provideinsulation), so understanding the working of NSCs [...]
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have developed “minibrains”. Made up of human cells and neurons, these tiny brains are capable of imitating the human mind in functionality, while also possess the ability to be replicated manifold.
Needless to say, this research is a breakthrough in the world of neuro-sciences with immense potential for the future. One of the direct consequences of this development is that hundreds and thousands of animals being used for testing can now be replaced with these cells. Not only is this welcomed news by the entire rodent-community, it also means more accurate research for humans.