• Question: what made you want to grow mini brains?

    Asked by meet1jay to Emma W on 22 Mar 2024.
    • Photo: Emma Weir

      Emma Weir answered on 22 Mar 2024:

      I think it’s pretty cool that we can grow models of the brain in the lab from scratch, starting with stem cells and turning them into neurons. I’d worked on 2D cells before so the chance to build a more detailed model was exciting!
      They help us better understand disorders like mental health and developmental problems, because we can make them more easily than we can get human brain tissue, but they’re more complex than cells just growing in a dish 🧠