Clinical trial on a plate: Researchers to create new “breathing” lung model to study illnesses like COVID-19

No larger than a grain of rice, the proposed lung model is highly scalable and advanced compared to existing lung models. Closeup of the model's blood vessels (green) and air sacs (pink) which allow the lung model to respond to viruses and drug testing. No larger than a grain of rice, the proposed lung model is highly scalable and advanced compared to existing lung models. Closeup of the model's blood vessels (green) and air sacs (pink) which allow the lung model to respond to viruses and drug testing.

Clinical trial on a plate: Researchers to create new “breathing” lung model to study illnesses like COVID-19

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from McMaster and SickKids are developing a cutting-edge lung model that can better respond to viruses and drug treatments, giving scientists a tool to advance research in lung conditions like COVID-19, cystic fibrosis and allergens for asthma and air pollution.

The new bioengineered lung model – coined a “clinical trial on a plate” by the research team – will replicate key features of the human lung, including specialized cells, surrounding blood vessels and life-like immune functions....

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