Brno scientists grow ‘mini brains’ to study Alzheimer’s disease

Photo: Michal Šafařík, Czech Radio

Scientists from Brno’s Masaryk University have grown hundreds of ‘mini brains’ the size of apple seeds using stem cells from Alzheimer’s patients. The idea is to study the causes and development of Alzheimer’s right from the moment the brain starts to develop, rather than waiting until the disease has begun to manifest itself – which may already be too late.

Grown in Petri dishes and kept in incubators, these tiny brains, only about half a centimetre in size, may hold the key to discovering the long-sought-after cause of Alzheimer’s disease, which is responsible for 60 to 70 percent of cases of dementia and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

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Authors: Anna Fodor, Michal Šafařík,