New Report Dissects Ethics of Emerging Human Brain Cell Models
New Report Dissects Ethics of Emerging Human Brain Cell Models
The National Academies’ report touches on ethical issues raised by new technologies such as brain organoids and human-animal chimeras, and suggests that current regulatory oversight is sufficient.
New Report Dissects Ethics of Emerging Human Brain Cell Models
New Report Dissects Ethics of Emerging Human Brain Cell Models

The National Academies’ report touches on ethical issues raised by new technologies such as brain organoids and human-animal chimeras, and suggests that current regulatory oversight is sufficient.

The National Academies’ report touches on ethical issues raised by new technologies such as brain organoids and human-animal chimeras, and suggests that current regulatory oversight is sufficient.

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Tumor Organoids Hold Promise for Personalizing Cancer Therapy
Tumor Organoids Hold Promise for Personalizing Cancer Therapy
Jef Akst | Jul 15, 2019
The three-dimensional cell cultures are still in the development phase, but researchers are excited about their use to predict patients’ responses to various treatment options.
Blood Vessels Grown in a Petri Dish Closely Resemble Human Ones
Blood Vessels Grown in a Petri Dish Closely Resemble Human Ones
Catherine Offord | Jan 18, 2019
The lab-made organoids are fully functional, the team reports, and could aid the study of vascular-related diseases such as diabetes.
New Technique Limits CRISPR-Cas9 Off-Target Mutations
New Technique Limits CRISPR-Cas9 Off-Target Mutations
Abby Olena | Sep 12, 2018
A mouse study details a method called VIVO that predicts the accuracy of any guide RNA.
Researchers Develop a Drug Against the Common Cold
Researchers Develop a Drug Against the Common Cold
Catherine Offord | May 15, 2018
In an in vitro study, the compound completely blocked the replication of rhinoviruses.
Colorblindness Study Reveals Unexpected Way to Make Blood Vessels
Colorblindness Study Reveals Unexpected Way to Make Blood Vessels
Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2018
Researchers stumbled across the connection while searching for ways to reduce vision problems in people with achromatopsia.
Image of the Day: Everybody Vomits
Image of the Day: Everybody Vomits
The Scientist Staff | Aug 31, 2017
In a process known as vomocytosis, macrophages swallow pathogens whole only to spew them back out later, unharmed.
Chloroquine Protects Against Zika In Vitro
Chloroquine Protects Against Zika In Vitro
Marcia Triunfol | May 12, 2016
The antimalarial drug reduces the number of infected Vero and human brain microvascular endothelial cells—among other cell types—in culture, researchers report in a preprint.
Next Generation: Toward Synthetic Neural Tissue
Next Generation: Toward Synthetic Neural Tissue
Catherine Offord | Apr 1, 2016
Scientists produce a tissue-like material containing hundreds of light-activated compartments that transmits an electrical signal when illuminated.
Antidepressant Exerts Epigenetic Changes
Antidepressant Exerts Epigenetic Changes
Anna Azvolinsky | Nov 25, 2015
Molecular markers could aid researchers’ assessment of patient response to the drug.
 
Organoid Biobank
Organoid Biobank
Kerry Grens | May 11, 2015
From the tissue of numerous colon cancer patients, researchers build 3-D cultures of tumors.
Seeded by Weeds
Seeded by Weeds
K. John Morrow Jr. | May 1, 2015
More than 50 years after cross-contamination of cultured cell lines was recognized, the problem continues to plague the scientific community.
Culturing Changes Cells
Culturing Changes Cells
Kerry Grens | Feb 3, 2015
Within days of their transfer to a dish, a certain epigenetic mark vanishes from mouse cells.
Homo Minutus
Homo Minutus
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Dec 1, 2014
A miniature platform with multiple organ-on-a-chip constructs aims to speed up drug discovery—and create better transplants for patients.
Desktop Human
Desktop Human
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Nov 30, 2014
Meet the researchers behind ATHENA, the project that aims to create a system of linked model human organs that may revolutionize drug development.