A part of the human brain is kept alive for 12 hours in a petri dish

For the first time in human history, a part of the human brain that has a length of one centimeter was kept alive in a petri dish for 12 hours. 

This groundbreaking experiment was successful and this will help to develop new drugs and treatments for baneful brain diseases and tumors.

The research was led by postdoc Emma Louise Louth at the University of Copenhagen. With her, a troop of scientists extracted brain tissue from a patient’s cortex.

After cooling down the brain tissue, they kept it oxygenated so that the cells won’t die. 

After that, they placed the stuff in a mixture of minerals and ions. They did this because these are the same fundamental elements found in cerebral spinal fluid.

slice of a human brain was kept alive in a petri dish for the first time, in a breakthrough study that will help find new drugs and treatments for fatal diseases
Slice of a human brain was kept alive in a petri dish for the first time. 

A little while back in a press release, she told that she and her colleagues kept the brain tissue alive for almost 12 hours.

We usually see that experiments are conducted on any animal’s body. 

But in this scenario, they changed the way of experimenting.

Her statement was, “To borrow an analogy from another researcher: Mouse studies versus human studies are basically like looking at a Nokia 3310 when trying to repair an iPhone.”

“They have the same basic functions – but there is much greater complexity in the human brain. 

We even know that there are differences in the types of cells and the expression of certain receptors. Therefore, being able to test directly in human tissue is a unique opportunity,” She added.

In the initial stage of their experiment, they targeted and focused on dopamine-enhanced neural connections in humans and mice. 

This showed that the neurotransmitter linked with reward strengthens the connection between the human brain and neurons.

Louth said that “We’ve been given the opportunity to show that dopamine plays a different role in humans and mice.”

Based on Louth’s statement, this breakthrough will lead to new and effective treatment methods. 

Take acute brain damage as an example where patients lose their synaptic connections between neurons and the human brain. 

This breakthrough will lead to new opportunities for the treatment of acute brain damage by making new synaptic connections.

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