Last week the New York Times reported that researchers from Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Draper Laboratory published reports of their most recent study. The team has developed a fully functioning reproductive system to test drugs and medicine and its effects on the female body.
This was developed using the tissue of both mice as well as humans, taken from hysterectomy surgeries. The system includes ovaries, fallopian tubes, a uterus and a cervix. A liver is included as well to test how the drug would be metabolized.
The scientists in the Evatar research hope it will help improve understanding into endometriosis, fibroids, cancer and infertility.
“All of these diseases are hormonally driven, and we really don’t know how to treat them except for surgery,” Joanna E. Burdette, a researcher with the University of Illinois, said in the Northwestern University report on the research.
With this type of technology, the scientists mentioned their goal of being able to take stem cells from patients in order to develop individualized treatments for the hormonally based illness that affect them.
Evatar has been dubbed the “mother of all micro humans”
By: Rachel Cargle
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