View Full Version : Scientists to develop Neanderthal 'miniature brains'

05-12-2018, 08:26 PM

Scientists are to bring Neanderthal “miniature brains” to life to see how humans differ to their closest relatives.

The tiny blobs of tissue, around the size of a lentil, will be grown from human stem cells edited to contain Neanderthal DNA, according to reports.

The so-called brain organoids are incapable of thoughts or feelings but will replicate the basic structures of an adult brain.

“We’re seeing if we can find basic differences in how nerve cells function that may be a basis for why humans seem to be cognitively so special.” -- Prof Svante Pääbo, director of genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany

05-13-2018, 01:51 PM
I remember seeing an entire lecture where Svante Paabo talked about 3D organiods
Ah, here it is: