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MIT: 'Micro' livers could aid drug screening
Date:11/18/2007

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The model uses a fraction of the costly human liver cells used in other test platforms and can be assembled using frozen cells. Moreover, the expanded toxicity testing capabilities have the potential to allow drug developers to identify toxicity earlier in the development process, thereby avoiding the expense of investing in formulas that are bound to fail.

A startup company called Hepregen has licensed the technology and is working to introduce it into the pharmaceutical marketplace.

My hope is that this new model will make drugs safer, cheaper, and better labeled, said Bhatia.


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Contact: Elizabeth Thomson
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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