Neurophysiology: Live Brains in the Lab

The recipe has long been a staple of science fiction: learn how to keep monkey brains alive after the monkeys die, then try the technique with humans. But whatever the profits of the fictional feat, such achievements would be even more rewarding to the real scientist. Now, at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, researchers have taken the first long step: they have learned to keep isolated monkey brains alive.

A team led by Dr. Robert J. White takes a brain, which is about as big as a man's fist, out of a rhesus monkey's skull, retains only small bits of bone...

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