Ethical Concerns Raised After Scientists Create Mini Human Brains That May Be Sentient

by Daniel Payne · Oct 23rd, 2019 4:02 pm

Last Updated Nov 14th, 2019 at 4:12 pm

Some scientists are warning the larger scientific community that recent work into artificially created human brains may have “crossed a line,” with researchers having possibly manufactured sentient human brains from stem cells.

Scientists have made enormous strides in recent years creating “organoids” consisting of lumps of lab-grown human brain tissue. Some of those creations, however, have developed spontaneous brain waves which scientists claim are comparable to those in unborn human beings.

A group of academics on Monday warned an enormous gathering of neuroscientists in Chicago that this field of research is straying dangerously close to an ethical line.

One scientist argued that, though organoids were “not yet sophisticated enough to raise immediate concerns,” it was still time to begin discussing possible ethical issues with such research.


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