• What happens if we put a ‘sentient' AI inside of a lab-grown brain?

    10 days ago - By The Next Web

    A team of scientists at the Max Planck Society recently published astounding new research indicating they've pushed the field of “organoids,” to a bold new frontier. Up front: Organoids are synthetic biological constructs that mimic human organs to various degrees. Scientists grow organoids by programming stem cell clusters. Essentially, they feed the clusters the necessary components to spark their growth, and then they employ a series of limiters to guide them into becoming the kind of organoid we want. The ultimate hope is that we'll be able to grow organ analogs - synthetic liver or...
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  • Advanced 'mini brains' in a dish: Organoids that mimic human brain cortex in development and disease

    10 days ago - By Phys.org

    "Outer Radial Glia" cells are nervous system stem cells that are instrumental for the development of the human cortex and have been challenging to produce in the lab. Now, a team of Max Planck researchers from Berlin succeeded in generating brain organoids that are enriched with these stem cells by refining and standardizing existing protocols for these mini-organs.
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