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Image: The new multi-organ chip is shown; Copyright: Kacey Ronaldson-Bouchard/Columbia Engineering

Kacey Ronaldson-Bouchard/Columbia Engineering

Plug-and-play organ-on-a-chip can be customized to the patient

05/05/2022

Major advance from Columbia Engineering team demonstrates first multi-organ chip made of engineered human tissues linked by vascular flow for improved modeling of systemic diseases like cancer
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Image: A blue-colored tissue section with glowing green spots; Copyright: MPI für molekulare Biomedizin / Yotam Menuchin-Lasowski

MPI für molekulare Biomedizin / Yotam Menuchin-Lasowski

There is more to SARS-CoV-2 than meets the eye

29/03/2022

SARS-CoV-2 not only causes respiratory infections. It can also enter the retina and cause damage. It is unclear which retinal structures are infected and whether the damage is a direct or indirect consequence of infection.
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Image: Scientist examining cells under a microscope; Copyright: PantherMedia / Anamaria Mejia

PantherMedia / Anamaria Mejia

Brain organoids provide insight into malformations of cortical development

23/03/2022

A study at the Hector Institute for Translational Brain Research (HITBR) at the Central Institute of Mental Health (CIMH) in Mannheim shows that cerebral organoids open up new insights into the development of the human brain and associated disorders.
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Image: Professor Dr. Constanza Figueiredo and Professor Dr. Rainer Blasczyk; Copyright: Karin Kaiser / MHH

Karin Kaiser / MHH

Designer blood from stem cells

28/02/2022

Blood transfusions are among the most common procedures in hospitals. According to the German Red Cross, around 15,000 blood donations are needed every day in Germany alone. But only about four percent of potential blood donors actually donate blood - and the trend is downward.
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Image: Two knees of a woman next to each other, the left knee has a surgical suture; Copyright: panthermedia.net/wujekspeed

Regenerative medicine: creating a new body?

03/02/2020

Regenerative medicine aims to repair the human body after injuries, accidents or major cancer surgery. Unfortunately, we are still not at a stage where this process can achieve optimal results for every conceivable situation. Having said that, various new methods are on the cusp of breakthrough.
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Image: The shoulder of a man with a surgical suture; Copyright: panthermedia.net/JPCPROD

Regenerative medicine: helps the body healing

03/02/2020

Severe wounds heal slowly and leave scars. This is why we have been using regenerative therapies for some time now to accelerate and improve healing. They also help to avoid permanent damage. Still, complex applications like replacing organs or limbs will rather remain vision than become reality for a long time.
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Image: Graphic rendering of several cells in a petri dish; Copyright: panthermedia.net/dani3315

Organ-on-a-chip systems: limited validity?

01/02/2019

Organ-on-a-chip systems are technically a great enhancement of medical research because they facilitate testing of active ingredients on cell cultures in the chambers of a plastic chip. This replaces animal testing and improves patient safety. That being said, they are not a true-to-life replication of the human body and can only simulate a few functions and activities.
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