Posted: June 22, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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Scientifically speaking, the ideal test subject for medical research is the human being. But, for obvious reasons, we resort to the next best option: experimenting on animals. A relatively new trend in research labs, however, seeks to bridge the divide between the ideal human subject and ethical barriers. Researchers are using human tissue to create devices that mimic the three-dimensional realities of organs. These “organ-on-a-chip” technologies could not only do away with animal models that have proven disappointingly unreliable, but their ease of use and affordability could speed up the drug discovery process. (via Gut-On-A-Chip, The Latest In Scientists’ Attempt To Mimic Organs In The Lab | Singularity Hub)

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