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Living Human Gut-On-A-Chip: Tiny Device Simulates Structure, Microenvironment, and Mechanical Behavior of Human Intestine, Harvard University Study


3/28/2012 7:23:57 AM

Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have created a gut-on-a-chip microdevice lined by living human cells that mimics the structure, physiology, and mechanics of the human intestine -- even supporting the growth of living microbes within its luminal space. As a more accurate alternative to conventional cell culture and animal models, the microdevice could help researchers gain new insights into intestinal disorders, such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and also evaluate the safety and efficacy of potential treatments.

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