25 Oct '16, 4pm

Harvard 3D prints a heart-on-a-chip (video)

Harvard 3D prints a heart-on-a-chip (video)

Researchers at Harvard University have created the world's first 3D-printed heart-on-a-chip, a sensor-integrated device that contains engineered cardiac tissue that fully mimics the actual organ. This breakthrough along with other organ-on-a-chip devices could effectively eliminate the need for animal testing as it gives scientists the ability to carry out both short and long-term studies of how different stressors affect the human body all while data is gathered by the sensors in real time. The heart-on-a-chip contains living cardiac cells and mimics the structure and function of real heart tissue. By using 3D printing techniques the scientists are able to quickly and inexpensively customize and manufacture different types of tissue for different studies. The 3D fabrication also allows the data collection process to be built right in to the device where previous organ-on-...

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