Healthy Living

How Lab-made 'Mini-organs' Can Treat Cystic Fibrosis

Examples of this work around the world

Examples of this work around the world

In the Netherlands, ‘mini-guts’ are grown in a laboratory environment to identify and understand rare mutations of cystic fibrosis and test out different types of expensive drugs. However, these so called lab organs do not all function the same way. In the United States, researchers are conducting experiments to determine how ‘mini-liver’ might be used to prevent organ failure. In Australia, ‘mini-kidneys’ are used to test out different types of drugs. In England, ‘mini-brains’ have been created to study the formation of neurons and better understand disorders such as autism.