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Wake Forest University Develops Miniature Organs
Written by Josh Zach/Blake Hodge   
Saturday, 14 September 2013 04:12

WINSTON-SALEM -- With advancements in technology, medicine is beginning to border more on what sounds like science fiction. Doctors at Wake Forest University are working on a project they are calling "Body on a chip."

Dr. Anthony Atala is the Director of the Regenerative Medicine Institute at Wake Forest University and he says this will allow us to test drugs and see how they will react with real human tissues and organs.

 

"The way that this works is that we place these miniature organs that mimic the function of the heart, liver, lung and blood vessels and we put them together and we connect them to a system of fluid channels that allows us to look at the effects of drugs and chemical and warfare agents on these tissues."

Dr. Atala also says this could eventually be used as an antidote in chemical weapons attacks. Another by-product of this project is that it will allow for less testing of drugs on animals

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 September 2013 06:46
 
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