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A 3D in-vitro model of the lung microvasculature
Up to date, researchers mostly use 2D cell culture platforms to study the biology of the vasculature of the lung. Now the ARTORG Organs-on-Chip Technologies laboratory, in collaboration with the Max-Delbrück Center in Berlin and the Departments of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery of Bern University Hospital, has developed a more in vivo-like 3D model, which can be exposed to mechanical cyclic stretch, such as that induced by the breathing motions.
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