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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine has been chosen to lead a one of a kind $24 million federally funded study, that will develop miniature human organs which can be used to test and develop antidotes for a range of harmful chemical and biological agents, sometimes used in weapons.
The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Pacific is working with the National Defense Threat Reduction Agency to help fund and monitor the study.
The goal is build an entire system of organs like a lung, heart, blood vessels and liver then test their reactions individually and as a system to different types of agents and possible countermeasures. Doctors say it also helps reduce the need for animal testing.
“We really don’t have a good way to test some of these chemical and biological elements and that’s the challenge and we certainly can’t do it in a…
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