Gallery: Living, Breathing “Lung Chip” Provides Alternative to Animal T...

 

Imagine if all the debate over which chemicals were safe and unsafe for humans were suddenly settled. We’d know which products to buy and which to ban. Class action lawsuits filed by communities exposed to pesticides or runoff would be a snap to resolve. A new discovery announced today by researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute doesn’t get us all the way there, but it takes us significantly closer. It’s a laboratory-generated, breathing human lung-on-a-chip that mimics the way a real lung allows pathogens to enter the bloodstream.

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  1. Inspiring Green Technol... September 13, 2010 at 1:18 pm

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    […] written previously about a synthetic lung on a chip that would provide an alternative to animal testing for toxic substances, this development caught […]

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