artificial organs

Artificial neurons on silicon chips that behave just like the real thing have been invented by scientists – a first-of-its-kind achievement with enormous scope for medical devices to cure chronic diseases, such as heart failure, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases of neuronal degeneration. Critically the artificial neurons not only behave just like biological neurons but only… Read more

The cutting-edge method of growing clusters of cells that organise themselves into mini versions of human brains in the lab is gathering more and more attention. These brain organoids, made from stem cells, offer unparalleled insights into the human brain, which is notoriously difficult to study. But some researchers are worried that a form of… Read more

Human orthotopic lung cancer models have been developed by a team at the Wyss Institute, using two microfluidic devices. For today’s cancer researchers, generating human tumours in mice by injecting cancer cell lines under the skin does not recreate how tumours normally emerge and spread to specific organs in the human body, nor how they… Read more

Body organs such as kidneys, livers and hearts are incredibly complex tissues. Each is made up of many different cell types, plus other components that give the organs their structure and allow them to function as we need them to. For 3D printed organs to work, they must mimic what happens naturally – both in… Read more

Three dimensional cultures of neural cells that model basic properties of the brain produce networks of capillaries, Brown University research shows. The networks of capillaries within the little balls of nervous system cells could enable new kinds of large-scale lab investigations into diseases, such as stroke or concussion, where the interaction between the brain and… Read more