Saturday, December 9, 2023

‘Mini-brain’ cultures reveal how human brains outpace primate cousins 

Researchers studying cultures of brain cells from humans, gorillas, and chimpanzees have uncovered why human brains grow so much larger than those of other primates, CBC reports. The team found that in early development, as the brain is developing from what are called neural progenitors — which are the cells that will eventually make neurons — human tissue cultures spend more time making more of these progenitor cells, thanks to a gene called ZEB2.

 

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/mar-27-covid-pandemic-origins-nature-sounds-good-why-humans-have-such-big-brains-and-more-1.5965083/researchers-use-mini-brains-to-find-out-why-ours-grow-so-large-1.5965088

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