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Mini synthetic organism: When the heart beats on a chip

Interview with Florian Schmieder and Udo Klotzbach, Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS

Replicating the human organism in a mini format – researchers at the Fraunhofer IWS braved this challenge. They developed a compact system where different physical processes can be imitated on a chip. It is also possible to copy cardiac and pulmonary functions.

08/06/2015

Photo: Florian Schmieder

Florian Schmieder; © private

Photo: Udo Klotzbach

Udo Klotzbach; © private

Photo: Model of the mini organism

Researchers can imitate the heartbeat for example on the mini organ chip. Animal testing in the medical and pharmaceutical research could be reduced with the system; © Fraunhofer IWS

Foto: Michalina Chrzanowska; Copyright: B. Frommann

© B. Frommann