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What are mini brains?

Shielded by our thick skulls and swaddled in layers of protective tissue, the human brain is extremely difficult to observe in action. Luckily, scientists can use brain organoids – pencil-eraser-sized masses of cells that function like human brains but aren’t part of an organism – to look closer. Madeline Lancaster, from the LMB’s Cell Biology Division, discusses how this is done and whether it is ethical through a video created by TED-Ed. More…

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Unlocking the secrets of the brain

Madeline Lancaster, from the LMB’s Cell Biology Division, discusses how lab-grown ‘mini-brains’ could be the key to solving the biggest mysteries about human brain development and disease. More…

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The circadian rhythm of life

John O’Neill, from the LMB’s Cell Biology Division, discusses how unravelling the complex mechanisms of the body clock has led to some fascinating discoveries worthy of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. More

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Magnetic attraction of AstraZeneca to MRC LMB

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AstraZeneca has moved it Nuclear Magnetic Resonance laboratory to the LMB while its new global R&D centre is built nearby. More

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Alcohol can cause irreversible genetic damage to stem cells, says study

Link between drinking and cancer clarified by study – led by KJ Patel’s group in the LMB’s PNAC Division – which indicates alcohol causes cancer by scrambling DNA in cells, eventually leading to mutations. More…

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