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3-D printers, lab-grown 'mini brains' used to study Zika's effect

3-D printers, lab-grown 'mini brains' used to study Zika's effect
April 29, 2016

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University used some science nonfiction to confirm previous research that showed how Zika virus affects fetal brains and causes microcephaly.

With the help of a 3-D printer, the researchers engineered miniature spinning bioreactors and used them as a cost-effective way to grow brain organoids from human stem cells, allowing them to study Zika virus infection in developing neural tissues. They made pinhead-size organoids mimicking the front, middle and back of the human brain, and used the forebrain for the Zika study, according to a news release.

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