Creating Replica Brains May Help Find Treatment For Tumors


BRAIN TUMORS ARE BEING STUDIED LIKE NEVER BEFORE. THEY ARE BEING LOOKEDED AT IN A PETRI DISH WITH AN ACTUAL MINIATURE BRAIN. CBS 2’S DR. MAX GOMEZ HAS THIS STORY. IT SEEMS LIKE SOMETHING ONLY A MAD SCIENTIST WOULD THINK OF. BUT IT’S ACTUALLY CUTTING EDGE RESEARCH AT THIS WILD CORNELL MEDICINE LAB THAT HOPES TO CURE PEDIATRIC BRAIN TURNS. TOOK THE LIFE OF DR. MASON CAMAN’S SON LANCE. BUT DESPITE DECADES OF RESEARCH THERE’S BEEN LITTLE PROGRESS IN TREATING THE DISEASE IT’S NOW 15 MONTHS. BOTH DOCTORS JOINED FORCES. SMALL PIECES OF NORMAL BRAIN TAKEN DURING SURGERY TO REMOVE THE TUMOR AND ACTUALLY GREW MINIATURE BRAINS OR ORGANOIDS IN A PETRI DISH AS IT WOULD IN THE HUMAN BODY. THEN COMES THE TREATMENT PART. IN A CUSTOM ROBOTICS LAB HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DRUGS AND TREATMENTS ARE TESTED ON EACH BRAIN ORGANOID AUTOMATICALLY. TREMENDOUSLY SPEEDING UP THE PROCESS OF FINDING OUT WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN’T. WE DEFINITELY HOPE TO PRO LONG SURVIVAL AND IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE. I THINK THAT’S ESSENTIAL. I THINK IT’S A LITTLE BIT UNREALISTIC. IT WILL TAKE TIME. THIS IS ACTUALLY PART OF A TREND OF TREATING CANCER AND OTHER DISEASES. GROWING A PATIENT’S OWN TISSUE IN A DISH ALLOWS RESEARCHERS TO FIGURE OUT EXACTLY WHAT TREATMENTS MAY OR MAY NOT WORK. THAT’S BECAUSE EVERY PATIENT’S TISSUE IS DIFFERENT. SO YOU REALLY HAVE TO EVEN THE EXACT SAME TREATMENT TWO DIFFERENT DISEASES MAY WORK ON

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