New airway muscle-on-a-chip could improve asthma research

September 24, 2014 6:13 PM

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"Our chip offers a simple, reliable and direct way to measure human responses to an asthma trigger," explained lead author Alexander Peyton Nesmith.

But a new development by a team of researchers at Harvard University may offer some hope for improvement. Part of the reason asthma research is so difficult is that animal test subjects don't offer a good stand-in for human airways and the conditions of a human asthmatic response.

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