Scientists Develop A Mouse Embryo Model That Forms Neural Tubes

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : August 29, 2022

A mouse embryo model, commonly known as an embryoid, has been formulated by the scientists of the National Institute of Health. This mouse embryo is used in the formulation of neural tubes as they assist in the neurulation process. It is vital to monitor the embryos for eight and a half days after they have undergone the fertilization procedure and this is overlooked by the neural tube as they have significant control over the entire nervous system.

Neural tubes are standards used in the brain development process. They are widely used in clinical research owing to the multiple benefits they offer. Since neural tubes are vital for the maintenance of your central nervous system as a whole, they can also be serves as a brownie brain and a spinal cord. 

NIH-Funded Researchers Create A Mouse Embryo Model That Forms Neural Tubes

It is possible for a stem cell to self-organize itself as an embryo and it can be formulated without combining an egg and sperm. The cell and nature study published proven results that they can grow synthetic mouse embryos for a longer duration than ever before. 

This study was published after the cell and nature experimented on growing embryos for 8.5 long days, the time within which they are capable of growing a beating heart, gut tube, and even neural fold.

Scientists Develop A Mouse Embryo Model That Forms Neural Tubes

The study reported this process is still a work in progress and as all embryos can mimic this feature in fullness and only a smaller portion of embryos can do the same.

However, this is just the start and the experiment is expected to achieve the targeted results sooner.

Despite these difficulties, the experiment is a proven success formula since it has enabled scientists to see visible results of organ development and hence this is known to be a major advancement in the scientific field.

The scientists are very excited and are more likely to design a synthetic stem cell-based human embryo and place a milestone in the scientific field.  The stem cell biologists are working tremendously in this regard and have collaborated extensively to achieve the same.  For over a decade the scientists at the University of Cambridge, UK, and the scientists at the Institute of Technology in California have collaborated and worked in this regard. The experiments initially started with embryonic stem cells as they are capable of mimicking the earlier stages of development.

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But the experiment always came to a halt halfway as the scientists could not prove further that the development of embryos for the formulation of neural tubes is practically feasible. With multiple permutations and combinations, the scientists discovered that they were able to develop embryos if they added stem cells to them. When stem cells are added to this experiment they result in the formulation of two components, the placenta and yolk sac, the main components that are essential for furthering the development of embryos to create the neural tubes and maintain the overall central nervous system. To this day, the embryos are cultured in a similar manner. 

The researchers at the University of Cambridge worked ok recreating the first stages of life by creating model embryos. These model embryos are formed by taking the stem cells of a mouse.

Using these embryos that are taken from a mouse scientists were able to form a beating heart brain and other organs of your body. The organs of all body parts are developed since the stem cells are capable of interacting with one another as they have a specific set of genes capable of existing in an interacting environment. 

As a community, the entire scientific world worked on the creation of these mouse embryos, and the work of over a decade has delivered proven results now making it one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time.


🔵National Institutes Of Health (n.d) NIH-funded scientists generate a mouse embryo model that develops neural tubes (Available Online):

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Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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