The recent LOC article from Editorial Board member Donald Ingber and colleagues at Harvard University has been selected as a Research Highlight by Nature. The article describes a microfluidic chip that can model the structure and physiology of the human intestinal system, using two microfluidic channels coated with human intestinal epithelial cells. The channels can be used to culture Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, a common intestinal microbe, and the microdevice has the potential for use in drug development.
Congratulations to Donald and the rest of the team!
You can read the Nature article online here or go straight to the Lab on a Chip paper:
Human gut-on-a-chip inhabited by microbial flora that experiences intestinal peristalsis-like motions and flow
Hyun Jung Kim, Dongeun Huh, Geraldine Hamilton and Donald E. Ingber