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‘Synthetic’ Embryo With Brain, Beating Heart Created By Scientists

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  • A “synthetic” embryo with a brain and beating heart, created by an international team of scientists, could be the first step in understanding why some pregnancies fail.
  • The embryo features the foundations of all the body’s organs, including neural and gut tubes that protect the developing spine and intestines. The world-first creation could also solve the organ donor shortage crisis.
  • The team from University of Cambridge and Caltech say the embryos may guide the repair and development of synthetic human organs.

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