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Dr Ross Paterson takes a skin biopsy (sample) from Charlie's arm video still : Fergus Walsh / BBC / CreatedOutofMind

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Charlie's skin sample en route to its new life video still : Fergus Walsh / BBC / CreatedOutofMind

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dividing the skin sample to grow multiple cultures, still from Charlie Murphy's 'skin to mind' video series

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fibroblast and epithelial (skin) cells 'in a dish', photo: Christopher Lovejoy

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'fibroblasts, in vitro' 2019, borosilicate glass and liquid projection (detail) from 'in vitro' series

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freezing fibroblast (skin) cells, still from Charlie Murphy's 'skin to mind' video series

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Charlie Murphy's stem cells stained to reveal different proteins photo : Christopher Lovejoy

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'neuronal rosettes' and networks growing in a 2D culture dish ; stained to reveal different proteins photo : Dr Selina Wray

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Charlie Murphy's 'nuclear' 2018 borosilicate glass neuron sculpture

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Charlie Murphy's 'Untitled' (migration) 2018, sculpture in progress (borosilicate glass)

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Phil Ball’s neurons extending their axons in a 2D culture dish, photo:Christopher Lovejoy

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'skin to mind' 2018 (work in progress) installation at Linespace gallery as part of 'Trajectories' exhibition photo: Erika Stevenson

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Murphy & Wray's Neuronal Disco at Southbank's B(old) Festival, 2018 photo:David Sanderson/ Wellcome

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One of Philip Ball's 3D brain tissue cultures (organoids) at day 20, photo: Christopher Lovejoy

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Artist's impression of 'the incredible organoid' , Charlie Murphy's proposal to create an immersive sculptural light installation through which viewers will explore the structures and functions of cerebral organoids and neuronal cultures

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Phil Ball's new book launches on 22nd May...hear him talk about his experiences at the Royal Institution, London