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Researchers at Columbia University develop organ-on-a-chip system

A multi-organ chip has been developed by scholars at the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science. This chip has the capacity of incorporating tissues of various organs into independent slots that are further connected by simulated vascular flows. This technological tool will help scientists simultaneously diagnose effects of drug use and intervention on multiple organs. This will also assist in devising personalised medicine for patients as the engineered tissues are all created with the help of induced pluripotent stem cells. Although several such devices have been created, this technology stands out because creating communication among cells of different organs is a laborious task.

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