3-D printed organs aid vaccine testing
WAKE FOREST INSTITUTE FOR REGENERATIVE MEDICINE (TOP)
As shortages of personal protective equipment persist during the coronavirus pandemic, 3-D printing has helped to alleviate some of the gaps. But Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and his team are using the process in a more innovative way: creating tiny replicas of human organs — some as small as a pinhead — to test drugs to fight COVID-19.
The team is constructing miniature lungs and colons — two organs particularly affected by the coronavirus — then sending them overnight for…
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