Lab on a Chip

  • Science
    ​Despite the fact that dry eye disease (DED) is a relatively common condition, there are relatively few drugs approved for its treatment. This is because the testing of such medications on actual human eyes would be quite risky. With that in mind, scientists have developed a blinking eye-on-a-chip.
  • ​We've already seen a robotic device that's capable of inserting intravenous needles in people's arms. Now, researchers from New Jersey's Rutgers University have designed a system for drawing and analyzing blood samples.
  • If sepsis is addressed too late, it can result in organ failure and ultimately death. Scientists at the University of Illinois are working at detecting the harmful immune response quicker than ever, with a new lab-on-a-chip device.​
  • Scientists have developed what's been described as "the female menstrual cycle in a dish." Known as Evatar, the system contains actual human tissue, and incorporates interconnected 3D models of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, vagina and liver.
  • With little more than a standard inkjet printer, some silicone, and a sheet of polymer film, Stanford researchers have created a reusable diagnostic "lab on a chip" that costs just 1 cent to make. This new technology could help vastly improve disease detection worldwide.
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    Organs-on-chips allow the study of drugs and diseases without testing on animals or humans. Now a team at Harvard has designed a device that smokes cigarettes and sends the smoke through a lung-on-a-chip, to examine just how the habit damages health.
  • Organs-on-chips are an emerging alternative to testing drugs, cosmetics and diseases on animals, but manufacturing and retrieving data from them can be costly and time-consuming. Now researchers at Harvard have developed new materials to 3D print the devices, including sensors to easily gather data.
  • ​The organ-on-a-chip concept has been around for a while now, providing researchers with working, lab-based models of hearts, kidneys, and more. Now, researchers have created a new placenta-on-a-chip, a device that could provide insights to help prevent preterm births.
  • The Hoope ring is worn on the thumb, and can reportedly diagnose diseases such as syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia and trichomoniasis in less than a minute. It could also be adapted to detect other conditions.
  • The latest advance in the area of smartphone diagnostics comes in the form of a fiber optic sensor that when attached to a phone's case, could monitor bodily fluids to test for things such as pregnancy or keeps tabs on diabetes.
  • A micro-device lined with living human cells able to mimic the function of living organs has been declared the overall winner of the Design Museum's Design of the Year Award for 2015.
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    A new nanoscale plasmon laser changes color in real time through a process as simple as swapping one liquid dye for another. The scientists responsible for it claim this is the world's first liquid nanoscale laser, with potential uses in medical diagnostics.