Brain cells in dish learn to play video game

Lab-grown brain cells can play Pong and exhibit "intelligent and sentient behaviour," according to neuroscientists.

In the game, "DishBrain," as the researchers dubbed it, received signals from the left or right of the array to move the paddle in a simplified, opponent-free version of Pong.

Researchers produced human neurons from adult stem cells using mouse cells from embryonic brains.

These discoveries enable organic information processor research to complement digital computers.

Kagan and colleagues created human neurons from adult stem cells and embryonic mouse brain cells.

"This is rigorously researched, intriguing neuroscience," said Tara Spires-Jones of the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Discovery Brain Science.

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