Summary #1218

Human-Like "Organ Chips" Could Eliminate Animal Studies

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  • “Organ chips” are tissue cells from specific organs, linked together like systems in the body, and they can be used to study the human response to drugs and chemicals.
  • Researchers keep working on different ways to remove the need for animal studies, and this is a promising combination of several different approaches.
  • A team at Harvard is already using a “human body-on-chips” to study COVID-19.
  • It’s not a new technology, it’s been developed by multiple companies since 1989, but it’s not yet FDA approved.
  • Studies show that organ chips recreate the human response to substances accurately, and they might become approved in the near future.

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