Microscopic model of human body, made possible by Researchers at Wake Forest Institute

A 3D bio-printed microscopic model of human body is made by Researchers at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) in North Carolina, which include all the major human organs. This system will help detect the harmful effects of drugs prior to human trails. It will also help new drugs to be launched in the market, reducing the costs involved in trials and tests.

This miniature system is built with the help of various cell types, which are later converged into a human tissue. Those structured tissues represent various organs like heart, lungs and liver. These organs are extremely minute in comparison with actual human organs.

Anthony Atala, MD of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the study’s senior author stated that the most important capability of this human organ tissue system is its ability to determine whether or not a drug is toxic to humans in initial stage of development, and its potential use in terms of personalized medicine.

The formation of these system was made with numerous small samples of human tissue cells from the various organs that were scientifically structured into organs. Blood vessel cells, immune system cells, fibroblasts, and cells in the connective tissue were part of the tissue cells. Integration of variety of cells from each organ, ensured that the miniature versions had functionality similar to the originals as the miniature heart beats similarly as the original, approximately 60 times per minute.

This model also works on regenerative medicines, again proving the fact that technology has a vital role in medical research and solutions.