The Research. In lab studies, scientists with the university team were able to create “mini brains” using four control cases and three known schizophrenic cases. Using “reprogrammed skin cells” from the seven volunteers, the scientists successfully grew test subject brains for studying during growth.
The Specifics. “Fed with the right nutrients, acids, and glucose, these mini brains can grow to create neuroectoderm, the tissue that forms our brains. Eventually, brain ventricles, a cortex, and a region similar to the brain stem appear,” reports ScienceAlert.com.
The Findings. Able to monitor and study the developing brains, scientists discovered a fundamental difference between their control group and the known schizophrenic group. They were able to uncover a misdirection in the developing brains of the schizophrenic samples.