Artificial Rat Brain Gets Pounded in Name of Science

August 11, 2014 7:46 PM

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Artificial Rat Brain Gets Pounded in Name of Science

After a new 3D artificial "rat brain" was created in the lab, it got some bizarre treatment: Researchers dropped weights onto the tissue from different heights to see how it might react to a traumatic injury.

The new brainlike tissue is one step toward creating a functioning brain in a petri dish — something that is still a ways off, scientists say. Even so, the simulated brain tissue could be used to study normal brain function, or injured and diseased brains, in order to develop new treatments, resear...

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