A lab-grown human to help test drugs
- Scientists are trying to change the way new drugs and toxic agents are screened by creating the world’s first artificial human with four major organs — liver, heart, lung and kidney.
- Advanced Tissue-Engineered Human Ectypal Network Analyzer project (Athena) headed by an Indian based in the US is creating surrogate human organs size of a smartphone screen to be connected with tubes carrying artificial blood inside a human torso.
- This Homo minutus research would provide advantages to develop drug and toxicity analysis systems that can mimic the response of actual human organs which will eliminate the need for animal or petri dish testing.
- The Defence Threat Reduction Agency has supported the Athena project which provides realistic, cost effective and more accurately rapid screening system and major benefits to the medical field offering a greater chance of clinical trial success.
- The main objective of this realistic system which mimics the human physiological environment than static human cells in a dish is to provide chemical effects on human organs to build a lung that breathes, a heart that pumps, a liver that metabolizes and a kidney that excretes connected by a tubing infrastructure similar to the way blood vessels connect our organs.
- Advanced Tissue-Engineered Human Ectypal Network Analyzer project (Athena)
- Homo minutus