Your body in a microchip: Geraldine Hamilton at TEDxBoston

Your body in a microchip: Geraldine Hamilton at TEDxBoston

by Alannah

The development of new medicine is problematic because laboratories cannot replicate the human body’s environment, making it difficult to determine how patients will respond to treatment. At TEDxBoston, Geraldine Hamilton demonstrates how scientists can implant living human cells into microchips that mimic the body’s conditions. These “organs-on-a-chip” can be used to study drug toxicity, identify potential new therapies, and could lead to safer clinical trials.

A cross-disciplinary team of researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University are mimicking life-threatening conditions in microchips that are lined by living human cells. These ‘organs-on-a-chip” can be used to study drug toxicity, identify potential new therapies, and open up a whole new way to think about clinical trials.

About TEDx
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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