Is This Petri Dish Looking At Me?

This story is part of an occasional series on the current progression in Regenerative Medicine. In 1999, I defined regenerative medicine as the collection of interventions that restore to normal function tissues and organs that have been damaged by disease, injured by trauma, or worn by time. I include a full spectrum of chemical, gene and protein-based medicines, cell-based therapies, and biomechanical interventions that achieve that goal.

One of the more significant advances in understanding human organs and cell biology is the ability to grow miniature versions of human organs in a cell culture. These are called organoids and are an emerging area of research that allows scientists to understand the root causes of diseases, how to treat them, and potentially how to rebuild the organs themselves.

Of all the organs of interest, however, the brain is possibly the most interesting and cryptic. A recent report published by scientists from the Institute of Human Genetics at Heinrich-Heine University displays significant progress in the development of not only brain organoids, but surprisingly, ones with rudimentary eyes.

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