Scientists create synthetic mouse embryos.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have created model embryos from mouse stem cells that form a brain and a beating heart.

Creating the first stages of life from scratch is a new avenue for recreating all the other organs in the body. 

Scientists led by Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz developed an embryo model without eggs or sperm, using stem cells instead 

Zernicka-Goetz said, "Our mouse embryo model not only develops a brain, but also a beating heart, all the components that go on to make up the body."

Cambridge’s Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, Said It’s just unbelievable that we’ve gotten this far. 

"This has been the dream of our community for years, and a major focus of our work for a decade, and finally we’ve done it,"  Added

The study reports a major advance in the ability to generate the entire brain, in particular the anterior part, which is a major goal of synthetic embryo research.