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National Geographic Explores “How ‘Organs on a Chip’ Will Revolutionize Medicine”

September 13, 2017

By Geraldine A. Hamilton, PhD President and Chief Scientific Officer
By Geraldine A. Hamilton, PhD President and Chief Scientific Officer

National Geographic Explores “How ‘Organs on a Chip’ Will Revolutionize Medicine”

Organ-Chips appear in Nat Geo’s “Further” section

Images of living cells in our Organ-Chips have been featured on National Geographic’s website in an article titled: “How ‘Organs on a Chip’ Will Revolutionize Medicine.”

The author, Natasha Daly, writes:

“Before, it was inconceivable: risk-free biomedical testing on living human organs. But new ‘organs-on-chips’ technology is emulating the liver, brain, lungs, intestines, and more on a chip the size of a USB stick. Until now scientists conducted most biomedical research through animal testing — which often doesn’t translate to humans — or in a petri dish, a static environment that doesn’t let cells behave as if they are in the human body.”

To read the full story, visit the National Geographic website [subscription required].

More images of living cells in our chips can be seen below

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Immune cells attaching to an inflamed endothelium, recreating the natural immune response that happens inside the lung.

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Living neurons firing inside Emulate's Brain-Chip.

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Red blood cells flowing through an Emulate Organ-Chip.

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We can apply mechanical forces to our Organ-Chips, which makes the microenvironment even more like the human body. In this image, intestine cells experience peristalsis inside our Intestine-Chip.

See the chips in action in this short film