back to article Boffins grow brains in petri dish

For a chunk of the 20th century, SF writers played around with various “brain in a jar” scenarios, and now, it’s come true. Well, only a little bit: it’s not a complete brain, and it’s a petri dish rather than a jar, but according to University of Pittsburgh researchers, they’ve managed to culture rat hippocampus cells, complete …

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Coat

Zombies will be happy

BRAAAAAINS

there I said it

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New icon time already?

So we've only just had a icon update, yet this makes me think a brain in a jar icon may have been nice.

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I, For one...

... welcome our new Brain-in-a-petri-dish overlords.

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12 seconds?

Thats a lot longer than the tools I work with.....Can we buy these and get them implanted in people?

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Stop

wait ...

You mean I'm supposed to have a Facebook page AND a brain ?

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Explains where Nu Labour got theirs

etc etc etc

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Happy

Brain in jar icon.

Nice idea.

What's it mean?

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Coffee/keyboard

@12 seconds?

Keyboard!!

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ROTM

This is how sentience starts you know...

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Happy

Give 'em human rights and the vote...

Then make millions of the things, send 'em to work and impose income tax on them. Bingo! Instant economic recovery! In a test tube!

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Alternative

Or you could have the brains from Australian politicians, they aren't using them at the moment.

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Terminator

How long

I just wonder how long before they start to create brains that think in the way they want you to think. A new form of eugenics.

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I wouldn't worry.

The only thing a cultured brain-in-a-dish is likely to think is, "AAAAAHHH! OH MY GOD! I'M A BLOODY BRAIN IN A DISH!!! AAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!"

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Childcatcher

Yes, but

Given its 12-second lifespan, it is likely to have a second thought. Then it really is time to worry.

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Boffin

Oh joy ...

They've just created the next generation of recruitment/HR consultants.

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"Let me die... please, let me die...!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYebuwQ8RPw

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