Life Sciences Research for Lifelong Health

Mini-me: How 3D organoids are revolutionising research


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Babraham Institute scientists Joerg Stange, Barzan Sadiq, Joana Guedes and Marisa Stebegg joined colleagues from the Wellcome Trust – Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute; Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute; Wellcome Trust / Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, on Wednesday 15th March.

The event description in the Cambridge Science Festival programme was:

Petri-dishes filled with beating hearts and firing neurons - it's the stuff of science fiction!

Hear the real story from a panel of scientists currently growing 'miniature organs'. How is it done? And why are these technologies so important for biomedical research?

This interactive panel discussion was followed by wine, nibbles and a chance to informally chat with researchers. This event was co-hosted by four leading bio-medical research institutes: Wellcome Trust – Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute; Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute; Wellcome Trust / Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute; and the Babraham Institute.

Photographs by Chris Loades © Babraham Institute 2017