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Comparison of Lung Tissue with Lung-On-A-Chip Technology

In humans, air enters the lung, expands the alveoli (air sacs), and then oxygen diffuses into the capillaries while carbon dioxide exits the capillaries and is exhaled. Like the real lung, the lung-on-a-chip (Wyss Institute at Harvard) expands and contracts, breathes, and can recreate aspects of the lung’s immune responses. This technology has the potential to be used to test new medicines without animal testing or endangering human health by screening for toxicity and ineffective medicines earlier in the development process.