Organ-on-a-chip

Organ-on-a-chip

For medical purposes, the research into organ culture is extremely relevant. It could mean the difference between a relaxed life with a replaced, well-functioning organ and a lifetime of medical treatment in order to prevent a body from rejecting the transplanted organ’s foreign tissue. If we could create a system in which you yourself are the provider of your own future organ transplants, we could eliminate the danger of a physiological rejection. After all, what you would get implanted in your body are your very own stem cells, grown into a fully functioning organ. In order to make this futuristic promise come true, scientists and researchers work hard on increasingly better and more accurate instruments. One of these is called organ-on-a-chip. It refers to a tool that stimulates cell growth due to two glass chambers implemented in its design. The contents of these chambers can be modified, simulating the natural environment of cells within the human body. This way, organ-on-a-chip is on the forefront of the organ culture revolution.

How organ-on-a-chip propels research

The problem with cultivating tissue the traditional way in a petri dish is that this is a very static biochemical environment. It does not stimulate the growth of cells in a way that corresponds to any natural situation. This may have been the reason why organ cultivation has not fully taken off yet. Experiment and research can benefit immensely from this recently introduced instrument known as organ-on-a-chip, which can simulate internal bodily environments in order for the tissue fully to develop in a desirable way. Therefore, organ-on-a-chip represents a huge leap forward in microbiology. It creates new possibilities that will benefit researchers.

Building organs

With organ-on-a-chip, organ culture will become an even better researched and documented discipline. Building human parts may very well be the medicine of the future.

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