Artificial lung the size of a sugar cube may replace animal testing

Science of Singularity

May 29, 2014

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What medications can be used to treat lung cancer, and how effective are they? Until now, drug companies have had to rely on animal testing to find out. But in the future, a new 3D model lung is set to achieve more precise results and ultimately minimize — or even completely replace — animal testing. From June 23-26, researchers will be presenting their new model at the BIO International Convention in San Diego, California (Germany Pavilion, Booth 4513-03).

Lung cancer is a serious condition. Once patients are diagnosed with it, chemotherapy is often their only hope. But nobody can accurately predict whether or not this treatment will help. To start with, not all patients respond to a course of chemotherapy in exactly the same way. And then there’s the fact that the systems drug companies use to test new medications leave a lot to be desired. “Animal…

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Artificial lung the size of a sugar cube may replace animal testing