A groundbreaking genetic screening tool for human organoids

Researchers from the laboratory of Jürgen Knoblich at IMBA – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences – developed CRISPR-LICHT, a revolutionary technology that allows genetic screens in human tissues such as brain organoids. By applying the novel technology to brain organoids, the ER-stress pathway was identified to play a major role in regulating the size of the human brain. The results are published in the renowned journal Science.