"We believe that our human breathing Lung-on-a-Chip, and other organ chips we have in development, represent a first wave of exciting new alternative approaches to animal testing that hopefully will change how drug development is carried out in the future," Ingber said in a statement.
Though each chip is uniquely designed, they all essentially consist of reservoirs, channels and membranes lined with human cells. As fluid or air passes through the channels, scientists can monitor the cells' response.
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However, the project's true aim is to give pharmaceutical companies a system that simulates multiple organs functioning at the same time, much like a real body.
"My hope is that we can replace one animal model at a time. Probably you're always going to need animals for certain levels of organ interaction or behavior that you can't mimic on a chip," Ingber said. "But in the next five to 10 years we could see a significant reduction in animal testing."
via Yahoo! UK