I first heard about Harvard University’s Wyss Institute and its (now hyphenated) organs-on-chips back in 2015. Since then, the Institute has continued to refine the technology, and it’s launched a start-up called Emulate, Inc. to license it. If you’re not familiar with the chips –and why they might eventually bring about the end of animal-based lab tests–check out the Institute’s informative website.
Just to be clear, I don’t think the chips will be in widespread use tomorrow or next year. However, the accuracy they promise and the conversations they’ve sparked about the validity, necessity, and cruelty of animal testing is really, really encouraging.