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AM/PM Session - 28 November 2017 - Tiny human brain organoids implanted into rodents
We read an article about scientific experiments which are implanting tiny pieces of human brain into lab rats and mice:
Vocabulary Top 10:
minuscule - very small, tiny
blob - a usually small amount of something thick and wet; something that does not have a regular shape
full-blown - having all of the qualities that are associated with a particular thing or type of person : fully developed
quasi- - in some way or sense but not in a true, direct, or complete way; almost
uncharted waters - a situation that is not well known and may be dangerous
organoid - an artificially grown mass of cells or tissue that resembles an organ
mimic - to copy; to look like something else; to create the appearance or effect of (something)
moratorium - a time when a particular activity is not allowed
embryo - a human or animal in the early stages of development before it is born, hatched, etc.
on tap - planned or scheduled to happen
What are some of the ethical problems involved?
What are some of the potential benefits?
Who should make the decision about whether these kinds of experiments are ethically ok?