Scientists Warn Human ‘Mini-Brains’ Created From Stem Cells in Lab May Be Sentient, Able to Feel Pain

    Updated: October 22, 2019 at 10:01 pm EST  See Comments

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    A cross-section of a cerebral organoid. Photograph: Madeline A Lancaster/IMBA/EPA

    Researchers are warning that neuroscientists may have crossed an “ethical rubicon” by growing lumps of human brain in a lab — and in some cases transplanting the tissue into animals — which may be sentient and able to feel pain.

    The small pea-sized “mini-brains” or brain “organoids” created by scientists are blobs of tissue made from stem cells, which reportedly have developed spontaneous brain waves, similar to those seen in premature babies.

    The controversial work is being called into question because researchers are now saying that the organoids are sentient (or conscious) and able to feel pain.

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