Genetically modified humans may soon be farmed for their fake organs
In what sounds like something straight from a science fiction movie, scientists have claimed that artificial humans will hit the market in 2017. These genetically modified micro-humans will be “farmed” with interacting organs that can be used in drug tests.
The scientists claim that these micro-humans will not only speed up the process of regulatory approval for new drugs, but will also remove the need for the often harmful testing that claims the lives of around 90 million animals each year.
These genetically modified micro-humans will contain smartphone-sized microchips that will be programmed to replicate up to ten major human organs. Each micro-human will be very small, about the size of the microchip itself, and will simulate the response of humans to substances that are inhaled, absorbed into the blood, or exposed to the intestinal tract.
Uwe Marx, a tissue engineer from the Technical University of Berlin and founder of TissUse, a firm developing the technology said: “If our system is approved by the regulators, then it will close down most of the animal-testing laboratories worldwide.”
“We are replacing animal testing right now,” said Geraldine Hamilton, senior staff scientist at the university’s Wyss Institute. “These systems allow a much greater understanding of the mechanisms of the human body and give us insights that are not possible with animal studies.”
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