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Stem Cells Take Flight

Posted by taylor@stemsave.com on Jul 3, 2018 10:29:00 AM


Organs-on-Chips are set to be studied in zero gravity at the International Space Station. Astronauts who go into space have been known to experience changes in their health and immune response, but until recently, the reasons for these changes remained largely unknown. Previously, animals were sent as a way to determine the long-term health effects of being in space. However, since every organism functions differently, this approach, while useful, had obvious drawbacks. Organs-on-Chips [OOCs] are an innovation created by a collaborative effort of the Wyss Institute of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among others. OOCs are small vessels that utilize stem cells to create various tissue types to simulate the conditions inside human organs. If the tests prove successful, these tiny chips  will be the closest researchers get to estimating the effects of space travel on human organ function - aside from sending out actual astronauts.

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Topics: stem cell organs, stem cell research, regenerative medicine, organs on chips

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