Faux Anatomy

A new miniature 3-D laboratory model of the human female reproductive tract could encourage new birth control research, help researchers study recurrent miscarriages, and open the door to new fertility treatments. Created by researchers at Northwestern University, the “organ-on-a-chip” mimics the human menstrual cycle and can simulate early pregnancy hormone levels.
 
Using lab-grown mouse and human cells from 5 organs, lead researcher Teresa Woodruff and her team developed a series of interconnected tubes, then injected them with pituitary hormones.
 
Though the model isn’t perfect, Woodruff says it will enable researchers to expand their study of gynecological infections and reproductive issues.
 
Source: Scientific American

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