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'Human on a Chip' Could Replace Testing on Animals

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Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2016 12:00 am

Development of new prescription drugs and antidotes to toxins currently relies extensively on animal testing in the early stages of development. The practice is not only expensive and time consuming, but also the data collected can be inaccurate about how humans will respond to such agents.

A team of scientists and engineers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is developing a “human-on-a-chip,” a miniature external replication of the human body that could replace animal texting. The chip integraes biology and engineering with a combination of microfluidics and multi-electrode arrays.

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