We've known for a long time that advances in modern hardware and computing technology hold the greatest potential to help end the cruel practice of animal testing. Particularly in the cruel testing trials conducted by pharmaceutical and health companies.
For the optimistic and compassionate animal lovers of the world, the question has always been "when?", rather than "if?" and this week Harvard University researchers may have finally answered the call.
A team of researchers from Harvard announced that they have created the first 3D-printed organ-on-a-chip, which is connected to integrated sensing for data collection. The 3D-printed heart-on-a-chip can be quickly created and customized, allowing researchers to easily collect reliable data for short-term and long-term studies.
Among dozens of other implications, this breakthrough has serious potential to revolutionize and remove the cruel animal testing practices from clinical and laboratory trials.
Not only does this discovery remove a living, breathing, complex organism from the scientific testing equation, but the discovery also serves as better tool for research, as it actually models real human pathophysiology.
At the end of the day, we think this could finally be the win-win the world is looking for. No more animals needlessly killed in cruel lab experiments, and more accurate trial results to further scientific knowledge.
We are excited for what the future holds! Check it out here: