Robots growing mini human organs seems just like the stuff of Science Fiction dreams. Well, it’s reality, and here’s why it’s good for us, even though it’s freaky!
We can thank the University of Washington School of Medicine for this incredible development. “This is a new ‘secret weapon’ in our fight against disease,’ said Benjamin Freedman in a press release, who is a scientist at the UW Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, as well as at the Kidney Research Institute, and also the lead on this research effort.
Organ tissue is commonly grown for biomedical research in two-dimensional, flat sheets. Researchers have been working to grow these stem cells into three-dimensional structures that are far more complex and similar to more basic organs.
They’re fittingly calling these three-dimensional structures organoids or mini-organs. They’re now preferred in biomedical research, because they not only resemble organs, but they behave like them as well.