Scientists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have pioneered the creation of the first-ever 3D-printed brain tissue that not only grows but also functions similarly to natural brain tissue, according to the university.

This breakthrough holds significant promise for researchers delving into the intricacies of the brain and those pursuing novel therapies for a wide array of neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

The team, including neuroscience professor Su-Chun Zhang from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and a member of UW–Madison’s Waisman Center, along with scientist Yuanwei Yan from Zhang’s lab, overcame the limitations faced by earlier attempts to create brain tissue through printing. They shared their innovative 3D-printing technique in the journal Cell Stem Cell.

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