Making Human Organs on a Chip

Harvard's Wyss Institute has developed chips to simulate organs, including a lung, pictured Wyss Institute

Disembodied human organs floating in jars are a staple of any cinematically correct mad-scientist laboratory. Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have done one better. They’ve created an organ on a chip: a device the size of a thumb drive (or, for that matter, a thumb), containing living cells, that mimics the behavior of a human organ.

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