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Organ on a chip mimics female menstrual cycle

Mar 29, 2017, 6:54 AM EDT

In a breakthrough biomedical development, the researchers at Northwestern Medicine have recreated an “organ on a chip” model of female reproductive system, which mimics menstrual cycle and could provide insight on a wide range of subjects from birth control to miscarriages.

The miniature model, comprising of human and mice organ cells, replicates hormone-induced responses and can help scientists better understand how the reproductive cycle works, notes Engadget. The pace of research in this field has been sluggish owing to the challenges in replicating the complex anatomy of female reproductive system.

Lead researcher Teresa Woodruff describes the E.V.A.T.A.R. model as a revolutionary technology, which could be useful in testing safe drug delivery in females, developing individualized treatments and also for examining how females metabolize drugs differently from males, reports Northwestern Now.