Test Tube Brain Grown to Battle Alzheimer's
Current studies reveal that in the future, test tube brains made from human skin cells could help prevent damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease. These miniature organs are being grown in a laboratory by scientists at Aston University in Birmingham. The team at Aston University includes scientists from a wide range of institutions – physicists, stem cell biologists, photonics experts, and neuroscientists.
As per certain studies it has been revealed that probably in the future, there can be test tube brains which are made up from human skin cells and these brains would help in preventing the damage which can be caused by Alzheimer’s disease. These organs are known to be currently grown in a laboratory in Brimingham. As of now, these test tube brains are known to grow to about 2mm across and the entire process is said to involve alteration of the human skin cells into the stem cells which are then able to become any other type of cells.
These cells are then triggered to develop themselves into neurons. The scientists have hopes that they would be able to use this new form of brain tissue hence can find the right course of AD treatment as well as its related dementia. In case if this treatment turns out to be a success then though it may not be able to revoke the memory loss but it would help in stopping the further detoriation caused due to AD. One of the professor states that it is kind of a science fiction wherein neurons are trying to connect and grow together so that it could replace certain parts of the brain so that later on they can look to replace the brain that has been damaged.
It is said that in case if such damaged parts of the brain are replaced then one can return back to their normal life. This project itself can bring about a lot of improvement in hundreds of people. Stem cells have been previously used for developing laboratory grown brain tissue. The main science behind actually using stem cell as a treatment for certain brain diseases is still in its infancy stage as of now and while there is still possibility that there are a lot of technical challenges which have to be overcome and the main question still remains whether this method would help or benefit those individuals who are suffering from dementia.
As per one of the research manager, the ability of taking the skin cells from the individual and then re-programming them on into the brain cells is opening up new array of doors. It would be exciting to see how these cells would be grown into the brain tissue and then it would be grafted into the brains of those individuals who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. It is still not sure whether this kind of stem cell therapy would be actually useful and will it really work.
Currently Alzheimer’s is a disease which cannot be cured, the medications and therapy are only helpful in providing relief from the symptoms. There are various types of support available for helping individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s to live as much independently as possible. These test tube related structures such as test tube brains are basically a promising aspect in the field of health care and hope to help millions of those suffering with such mental disorder.