A small chip with artificial human tissue can replace animal testing in the future and make testing of medicines much more accurate.
A new research project from the US Food and Drug Authority aims to introduce a chip to replace laboratory animals and make drug testing much more accurate.
It is not much bigger than your thumb and can radically change the way we conduct research in the future.
A small chip that can imitate human organs has recently been included in a promising research project by the US Food and Drug Authority.
Thanks to this approval, we may be able to test new drugs in the near future without animal testing and with much greater accuracy.
Reproduced human organs
The chip consists of small channels of artificial, transparent materials that can be observed through a microscope.
When human cells are placed in the artificial structure, they behave like in the body.
And that means that they can imitate the way human organs respond to drugs and treatment methods, and scientists can be bothered.
Cancer tests are becoming more accurate
This can become of great importance, and not only in the field of animal testing. The tests that are being carried out are also much more accurate.
For example, an animal lung often does not respond exactly in the same way as a human lung.
While, for example, cancer treatments with immunotherapy are difficult to implement in animals because they are focused on certain proteins human immune cells.