The pocket-sized future of drug testing

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The pocket-sized future of drug testing

May 31, 2018

A credit-card-sized wafer allows scientists to quickly see the effects of new drugs on human organ tissues.

"Human “organs-on-chips” are leading a revolution in drug safety testing. These devices use human cells to model the structure and function of human organs and tissues. By testing the potential effects of drugs on different organs faster than traditional methods, organs-on-chips can reduce the need for animal studies and better predict which new drugs will effectively treat human disease."

Three University of Washington researchers co-authored an article on this new technology in Smithsonian.