Science image of the week
Brain organoids are 3D structures grown from human stem cells, which have the intrinsic capacity to self-organise into the structures that mimic early brain development. At this stage, the brain organoid is similar to the human embryonic brain and is not complex enough to have any thoughts, feelings, or consciousness. Brain organoids are used to understand human brain development and neurological disorders. This image is a snapshot of a midbrain organoid captured with a laser confocal microscope. In different colours are shown the different cellular structures found in the midbrain organoids. Image by Isabel Rosety (LCSB, University of Luxembourg). Submitted to 2019/20 FNR Science Image Competition.