Ohio State chemists have grown a brain from skin cells – and they think it could be a business

Story excerpt provided by Columbus Business First.

Written by Carrie Ghose.

Ohio State University chemists have grown a nearly complete embryonic brain in a dish from adult skin cells – and they think it could be a business.

Rene Anand, professor of biological chemistry, pharmacology and neuroscience, introduced the “organoid” he’d grown at a scientific conference this week. The university describes it as about the size of a pencil eraser and developed with neural structures analogous to a 5-week-old human embryo, but it lacks blood vessels.

Anand and partner Susan McKay, a research associate in biological chemistry and pharmacology, in May incorporated NeurXstem LLC and are seeking federal grants directed toward small businesses commercializing scientific research.

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Originally published August 19, 2015.

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