October 25, 2016

"Scientists may soon be able to conduct experiments on hearts without needing once-living tissue and muscle from animals."

gizmodo: In a new study published today in Nature Materials, Harvard University researchers announced they’ve created the first 3D-printed heart-on-a-chip capable of collecting data about how reliably a heart is beating. by Michael Nunez

'The printed organ is made of synthetic material designed to mimic the structure and function of native tissue.

'It is not designed to replace failing human organs, but it can be used for scientific studies, something that is expected to rapidly increase research on new medicine.

'The medical breakthrough may also allow scientists to rapidly design organs-on-chips to match specific disease properties or even a patient’s cells.'

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