Image Caption: The latest advancement using the Wyss Institute’s human breathing lung-on-a-chip offers further proof-of-concept that human “organs-on-chips” hold tremendous potential to replace traditional approaches to drug discovery and development. Credit: Wyss Institute, Harvard University

Animal Testing Could Eventually Be Replaced With Organ-on-a-chip

November 8, 2012

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online

Researchers from Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering recently revealed that they have developed a “lung-on-a-chip” that mimics human diseases and could be the next step forward in terms of research.

With the study, the scientists believe that the organ-on-a-chip could eventually take the place of animal testing. They were able to observe drug toxicity and determined possible new therapies that could limit certain medical conditions from developing. The chip emulates pulmonary edema in a microchip and is surrounded by living human cells. The findings, published in the journal Science Translation Medicine, show that this kind of technology could eventually take the place of traditional research methods on drug development.

Read more: Organ-on-a-chip Models Human Disease – Health News – redOrbit.

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