Wake Forest’s 3D bioprinted ‘body on a chip’ shows breakthrough cancer drug affects our organs

By connecting a set of tiny 3D printed organs, including a liver, lung and heart module, created a ‘body on a chip’ researchers were able to determine the effects of drugs on different organs and their systems. Scientists at Wake Forest Institute used this system to determine the effects of a drug used to treat cancer on the the different organs in the body discovering the drug adversely affected the organiod heart causing it to stop. The scientists believe the organoid heart stopped as a result of protein breakdown in the lungs moving to the heart. Scientists believe this non-animal alternative technology will help teach us the effects of drugs on human bodies with more reliability than animal models.

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