'Organ chips' to replace animal experiments

A £45 million research project could see future generations of drugs tested on "organ chips" that mimic different parts of the human body. As well as improving and speeding up drug development, the initiative is touted as providing a viable alternative to experimentation currently conducted on animals. One goal of the US programme is to simulate a whole human body by linking together 10 different organ chips. Each "organ" would theoretically be about the size of a computer memory stick.

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