Philip Ball is a science writer, one of many who have agreed to be subjects for scientific studies. The author, who saw the mini-brains produced using his own cells in a neurology laboratory, makes very interesting findings.
The main purpose of the research is to develop a solution to dementia. For this, they need brain models. In this way, the researchers aim to reveal the mechanisms that trigger dementia in the brain.
But as a result of the research, the author came across a simplified genetic copy of his own brain. The mini-brain stored in a petri dish made the author wonder what makes us biologically human. Ball has written a book on the subject.
Most of the mini-brains died out in a short time, Ball said last November. One managed to survive, take root and create an isolated human brain specimen. Ball knows that this organ is not the same as the human brain, for example, the mini-brain does not have a perception sensor. Still, its very existence was enough to make the author think about the factors that define human biologically.
“I can no longer reconcile this feeling with any physical description of the human body, I am more aware than ever of the nature of our composite and unified structure: we are a collection of cells.” In his book, Ball also mentioned that biomedical research generally has a sexist and racist background and wrote about how prejudices that arise in every period affect research.
Natalie Kofler, who wrote a review of the book for Nature magazine and said that the purpose of the book is the absurdity of the idea of pure, objective science, said, “The perception of science is inexorably linked to culture. It’s always been like that – it affected both.” says.