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Lab-grown brain cells can play Pong – so should they have legal rights?

By Joshua Jowitt, Lecturer in Law, Newcastle University
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The story could have been straight out of science fiction – scientists have grown human brain cells in a lab, and taught them to play the video game Pong, similar to squash or tennis. But this didn’t happen on the big screen. It happened in a lab in Melbourne, Australia, and it raises the fundamental question of the legal status of these so-called neural networks.

Are they the property of the team that created them, or do they deserve some kind of…The Conversation

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