This Organ-Simulating Microchip Helps in Testing Medications Accurately

By: Riley von Niessen - May 7, 2016
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Researches from the University of Michigan have been developing a microchip to promote kidney health. The chip is used to mimic how organs in the body behave and it is hoped that it will lead to a better understanding of how medications effect cells. According to the University of Michigan, "The new technique could lead to more precise dosing of drugs, including some potentially toxic medicines often delivered in intensive care units," paving the way to safer and more accurate testing.

With kidney injuries constant in critical care units, testing medications used to treat them is imperative. While it has become standard to test such treatments on animals, the diversity of their internal composition complicates testing and the cruelty that comes with the practice should be avoided. The organ-simulating microchip is still in testing but so far the proven accuracy of the chip shows it to be an incredible advancement in kidney health.