Sponge Genes Hint at the Origins of Neurons and Other Cells | Quanta Magazine
When the first sponge genomes were sequenced in the early 2000s, researchers were surprised to find that sponges not only have roughly as many genes as humans and other complex creatures but also have many of the same genes.
Psychedelic Mushrooms Can Regrow Brain Tissue Lost in Depression
It turns out, psychedelic mushroom trips may change your life. A psychedelic drug called psilocybin, which shows up naturally in some mushrooms, has shown signs of increasing durable connections between neurons in mouse brains, according to a new study published in the journal Neuron .
Researchers Teach Human Brain Cells in a Dish to Play "Pong"
Scientists have successfully taught a collection of human brain cells in a petri dish how to play the video game "Pong" - kind of. Researchers at the biotechnology startup Cortical Labs have created " mini-brains " consisting of 800,000 to one million living human brain cells in a petri dish, .