31 Jul '15, 4pm

Heartbeat on a chip recreates biorhythm using gravity; drastically improves pharmaceutical testing

Heartbeat on a chip recreates biorhythm using gravity; drastically improves pharmaceutical testing

The new device allows multiple simultaneous tests without operator supervision, a first of its kind feat The ability to accurately recreate the human heartbeat outside of the body is a difficult task that may seem surprising to those unfamiliar with biotech. Now, a new class of the “lab on chip” category of microfluid devices — that is, those used to perform the complex laboratory tests needed to study pharmaceuticals — is being developed that successfully mimics the heartbeat using the a fundamental force of physics: Gravity. Crafted by the Biointerfaces Institute and Michigan Center for Investigative Research in Critical Care, the apparatus consolidates complex procedures into a small space by relying on microscopic, gravity-driven channels, capacitors, and switches to make liquids flow through it in a way that permits scientists to recreate a large variety of pulses and...

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