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A nearly fully-formed human brain was just grown in a lab

A nearly fully-formed human brain was just grown in a lab
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If you're like most people, you or someone you love has been touched by the devastating effects of degenerative brain diseases and nervous-system disorders like Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and others. These diseases steal your loved ones right before your eyes.

For years, you watch the once-lively person you love fade away. One day, they're forgetting where they left their car keys, even though they are on the same table they've left them on for decades. Then, they forget your kids' names, then yours.

Of course, brain disorders are incredibly challenging for doctors to treat. There are no cures, and few treatments have proven to be more effective than giving your loved one a few more weeks or months of lucidity.

Fortunately, medical advances the past few decades have been nothing short of remarkable. Who would have imagined a couple of years ago, for instance, just how many treatments and cures there now are for cancer?

Advances are also being made with degenerative brain disorders. Although, so far with too few treatments for anyone to get too excited about.

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