Issue Date: August 11, 2014
Devices Mimic Human Organs
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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