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New model of female reproductive system developed by researchers

29th March 2017

A model of the female reproductive tract that fits in the palm of a human hand has been developed by researchers.

The Northwestern Medicine team has created 3D technology called EVATAR, which is made with human tissue and will enable scientists to carry out testing of new drugs for safety and effectiveness on the female reproductive system.

It resembles a small cube and contains 3D models of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, vagina and liver, with special fluid pumping through the system to replicate the function of blood.

The organ models are able to communicate with each other via secreted substances, including hormones, to replicate the functionality of the real organs as closely as possible.

Teresa Woodruff, director of the Women's Health Research Institute at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said: "This technology will help us look at drug testing and drug discovery in a brand new way."

It is hoped that the model can be used to study the causes of a variety of diseases, including endometriosis, fibroids and certain cancers.

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