Volume 92 Issue 32 | pp. 19-20
Issue Date: August 11, 2014

Devices Mimic Human Organs

Three-dimensional chips are gaining interest from regulators for use in drug safety and chemical assessments
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: toxicology, chemical risk assessment, drug safety

Thanks to advances in materials science, microfluidics, systems biology, and stem cell technology, researchers are making chips that simulate individual human organs. The devices, about the size of a computer memory stick, contain living human cells and are used to study the potential toxicity of chemicals. Pharmaceutical companies are already putting such devices, including lung and liver chips, to work in predicting the toxicity of new drugs. Scientists are also evaluating how to use these . . .

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