“Synthetic” model embryos with brains and beating hearts have been developed at the University of Cambridge using stem cells from mice instead of eggs or sperm.
“This has been the dream of our community for years, and a major focus of our work for a decade and finally we’ve done it,” team leader Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz said in a press release.
Although the research was done in mouse models, the researchers are developing human models in order to observe previously inaccessible processes inside human embryos.
You know the saying, “play stupid games; win stupid prizes”? Exactly.