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German researchers cultivate artificial midbrain as an alternative to animal experiments
German researchers cultivate artificial midbrain as an alternative to animal experiments
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A research team at the Max Planck Institute in Münster succeeded in growing tissue clumps using robots that resemble the human midbrain. To do this, the researchers cultivate three-dimensional organ-like tissue structures, so-called organoids, from stem cells. Using robots, the organoids can be produced completely automatically. Experiments on the organoids could, for example, be used in drug research and thus end animal experiments.