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New Research May Pave the Way for Personalizing Heart Condition Treatment

According to Reuters, innovative researchers in California have developed a way of allowing human heart cells to function outside of the body which can allow for drugs to be tested and reactions accurately gauged. In early testing, the “heart-on-a-chip” was given common heart medications, and reacted exactly how a real human heart would have reacted to such drugs. The current method of testing drugs uses animal models which often fail to accurately predict how the drug will react in humans. The potential for such an innovation is astronomical as not only can it be modified to model human diseases, but using a patient’s own cells to create one of these models can enable doctors to create personalized treatment plans for each patient.

Read the article published by Reuters.