MIT, Indian researchers grow tiny brains in 3D-printed bioreactor

Scientists in Cambridge, Mass. and Chennai, India, are touting the growth of self-organizing brain tissue in a 3D-printed system.

Published results in Biomicrofluidics highlight the work of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Indian Institute of Technology Madras scientists, who have grown small amounts of the self-organizing brain tissue, known as organoids, in a tiny 3D-printed system that allows for observation while they grow and develop, according to a news release.

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MIT, Indian researchers grow tiny brains in 3D-printed bioreactor

Scientists in Cambridge, Mass. and Chennai, India, are touting the growth of self-organizing brain tissue in a 3D-printed system.

Published results in Biomicrofluidics highlight the work of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Indian Institute of Technology Madras scientists, who have grown small amounts of the self-organizing brain tissue, known as organoids, in a tiny 3D-printed system that allows for observation while they grow and develop, according to a news release.

Technology for real-time observation of growing organoids currently involves commercial culture dishes with many wells in a glass-bottomed plate placed under a microscope. The plates are costly and only compatible with specific microscopes while they don’t allow for the flow or replenishment of a nutrient medium to the growing tissue, the researchers say.

Advances have led to microfluidics, which delivers a nutrient medium through small tubes connected to a tiny pla…

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