Menstrual Cycle “on a Chip” Offers a New Window into Female Physiology
Scientific American ----- The exquisite hormonal signaling that drives the female reproductive system cannot be modeled in a flat petri dish. Scrambling to address history's long dearth of research in women's health and physiology, scientists have now created the first “organ on a chip” model that functionally re-creates the female menstrual cycle. This 3-D system may help scientists understand some causes of recurrent miscarriages and could fuel new studies into birth control and drug development in other areas. Fertility experts hope they might eventually be able to place a sample of an individual woman's cells in such a model and thereby determine the best treatment. To get more in depth information click on the picture below to read the article.