This is an image of microscopic forebrain neural progenitor cells from a chimpanzee.
Researchers at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, US, took skin cells from an ape and then induced them to turn into multiple types of other cells, including neurons, by subjecting them to a range of chemical and viral treatments.
The progenitor cells are being used by a team headed by Rusty Gage as part of a project to study the differences in gene expression governing brain development in humans and their close relatives.
Details of the procedure are published in the journal eLife.
Curated content from the editorial staff at Cosmos Magazine.
Read science facts, not fiction...
There’s never been a more important time to explain the facts, cherish evidence-based knowledge and to showcase the latest scientific, technological and engineering breakthroughs. Cosmos is published by The Royal Institution of Australia, a charity dedicated to connecting people with the world of science. Financial contributions, however big or small, help us provide access to trusted science information at a time when the world needs it most. Please support us by making a donation or purchasing a subscription today.