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How to build a brain

CollectionsThree Minute Thesis (3MT)
Title: How to build a brain
Author(s): Bruggeman, Kiara
Keywords: brain tissue
stem cell
Date published: 2014
Your cells are magnificent little things, every single one is full of complex microsystems all working together to keep you going. They’re more intricate and advanced than any machines we can make, but sometimes… they need a little help to get going. Stem cells are like tiny teenagers, they’re full of potential but they need a kick in the pants to get going, and that’s where I come in. After a stroke, patients are left with chunks of damaged brain tissue. Now, instead of trying to rebuild the incredibly complex human brain from scratch, I’d much give cells the support and encouragement they need to rebuild it themselves. My research goal is to rebuild damaged brain tissue, but in truth, stem cells will be doing all the actual building, I’m just making materials that tell them how to build a brain.


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