Scientists Mimic Neural Activity In Lab-Grown Mini Brains

A team of Japanese researchers has successfully grown miniature brain-like structures that show signs of activity similar to neural networks in the human brain, potentially leading to a better understanding of how the brain works, the alleviation of animal testing, and the advancement of disease and drug research. Publishing their work in Stem Cell Reports, the researchers built upon the work of “cerebral organoids”, artificially grown three-dimensional human tissue bundles that resemble the region of the brain called the cerebrum. This area is the largest and most complex tissue in the brain and covers a wide range of human activity, from motor and sensory skills to our thoughts and memory.  “Because they can mimic cerebral development, cerebral organoids can be used as a substitute for the …

Laverne Cox Talks Deadly Violence Against Black Transgender Women

Laverne Cox addressed the troubling realities surrounding the violence against and murders of black transgender women during a recent The “Orange is the New Black” star talked about the disproportionate rate of violence against transgender people, “As we celebrate Pride, and there’s so many things to celebrate, we also have to remember that there’s so much work that needs to be done,” she said during the interview, which coincided with the Stonewall uprising in New York City. was found shot to death in Dallas. Chynal Lindsey, a black 26-year-old transgender woman, was found dead in a lake in Dallas earlier this month and just weeks after Booker was found dead. identified Booker and Lindsey as two of at least 11 black …