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Aug 28, 2022

Scientists Grow “Synthetic” Embryo With Brain and Beating Heart — Without Eggs or Sperm

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

We have arrived at Aldous Huxleys Brave new world.


Scientists from the University of Cambridge have created model embryos from mouse stem cells that form a brain, a beating heart, and the foundations of all the other organs of the body. It represents a new avenue for recreating the first stages of life.

The team of researchers, led by Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, developed the embryo model without eggs or sperm. Instead, they used stem cells – the body’s master cells, which can develop into almost any cell type in the body.

“It’s just unbelievable that we’ve got this far. This has been the dream of our community for years, and major focus of our work for a decade and finally we’ve done it.” —

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