'Brain in a bottle' to help beat diseases and test drugs

The goal of the 'brain in a bottle' was to produce a biological tool that can be used to investigate the workings of the brain, better understand brain diseases, and test out new drugs.

Other experts described the work as "audacious", "exciting" and "stunning".

One predicted the future creation of a simple animal-like brain that could be linked to sense organs and had the ability to learn.

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'Brain in a bottle' grown

A miniaturised "brain-in-a-bottle" has been grown by stem cell scientists who hope it will lead to new treatments for neurological and mental diseases.