Winston-Salem, NC-- When it comes to responding to chemical, or biological attacks, doctors need to have effective antidotes ready.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is part of a huge $24 million project to create these antidotes with something they call "body on a chip." The goal is to build a tiny human organs and placed on a chip... to see how they react during testing.
"What we are trying to do is create small tissues and organs, on a very miniature scale, a mircochip scale," said Dr. Anthony Atala. "This program is designed to help us find out how these agents work and help up build antidotes in the future."
Doctors at Baptist will create miniature versions of organs and tissues to be used for testing with a one-of-a-kind 3-D printer. They said this concept will reduce testing on animals, which is expensive, slow and not always accurate.