The first organ chips are coming to market and, regulators permitting, will speed up drug testing and reduce the use of laboratory animals.
Very behind on my posts….Read my and Paul Markille’s hit story for The Economist (3.5k likes on Facebook and the double page colour lead ) in full below or the original by clicking here.
This is the second time I have written about this technology. You can read my first take on it for The Observer here.
IN A recently opened laboratory just north of London, an experiment is under way to discover how the liver will respond to an new drug. Normally such a test would be carried out on liver cells cultured in rows of dishes or—as regulators require before approving a drug for clinical trial—in animals such as rats or dogs. But this experiment uses a small device about the size of a smartphone. It contains a miniature liver made from human cells and promises more reliable results. It is one of the first commercial versions of what bioengineers call an organ-on-a-chip.