Mini-Brains Created That Grow Blood Vessels

February 6, 2017

(Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News) – Scientists at Brown University report that they have created 3D neural cell cultures of mini-brains that grow blood vessels.¬†The networks of capillaries within the small balls of nervous system cells could enable new kinds of large-scale lab investigations into diseases, such as stroke or concussion, where the interaction between the brain and its circulatory system is paramount, said Diane Hoffman-Kim, Ph.D., senior author of the study (“A Three-Dimensional Neural Spheroid Model for Capillary-Like Network Formation”) that appears¬†in the Journal of Neuroscience Methods.