The development of new medicine is problematic because laboratories cannot replicate the human body’s environment, making it difficult to determine how patients will respond to treatment. At TEDxBoston, Geraldine Hamilton demonstrates how scientists can implant living human cells into microchips that mimic the body’s conditions. These “organs-on-a-chip” can be used to study drug toxicity, identify potential new therapies, and could lead to safer clinical trials.
A cross-disciplinary team of researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University are mimicking life-threatening conditions in microchips that are lined by living human cells. These ‘organs-on-a-chip” can be used to study drug toxicity, identify potential new therapies, and open up a whole new way to think about clinical trials.