IRM faculty members Dr. Hongjun Song and Dr. Guo-li Ming, based in the Department of Neuroscience at Penn Medicine, were featured in a recent article in The Washington Post covering brain organoids–the scientific possibilities and the ethical dilemmas.

“Today, organoids that resemble different regions of the human brain are routinely spun up from stem cells in large batches in laboratories around the world. Researchers have refined their recipes since the technique was first described five years ago, but the process is surprisingly hands-off: after a few nudges from scientists, stem cells grow into spheres with about a million neurons through a naturally occurring choreography that mirrors early brain development in the womb.”

You can read the full story by Carolyn Johnson here.