Scientists placed two clusters of cultured forebrain cells side by side (each cluster the size of a head of a pin). Within days, the "minibrains" had fused and particular neurons (in green) migrated from the left side to the right side, as subsets of cells do in a real brain. Courtesy of Pasca lab/Stanford University hide caption

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'Minibrains' In A Dish Shed A Little Light On Autism And Epilepsy

Experiments with small clusters of networked brain cells are helping scientists see how real brains develop normally, and what goes awry when cells have trouble making connections.

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Scientists placed two clusters of cultured forebrain cells side by side (each cluster the size of a head of a pin). Within days, the "minibrains" had fused and particular neurons (in green) migrated from the left side to the right side, as subsets of cells do in a real brain. Courtesy of Pasca lab/Stanford University hide caption

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'Minibrains' In A Dish Shed A Little Light On Autism And Epilepsy

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'I'm Not Going To Be Broken': Mary J. Blige On 'Strength Of A Woman'

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In Trump's First 100 Days, A Dramatic Reduction In Immigration

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