Robot grows human mini organs from stem cells

Robot grows human mini organs from stem cells
UW Medicine
Credit: UW Medicine

Researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine have developed a system that uses robots to produce human mini organs derived from stem cells.

“This is a new ‘secret weapon’ in our fight against disease,’ said Benjamin Freedman, who is a scientist at the UW Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, as well as at the Kidney Research Institute.

The system significantly reduces the time it takes to produce the organs.

“Ordinarily, just setting up an experiment of this magnitude would take a researcher all day, while the robot can do it in 20 minutes,” said Freedman.

The researchers further trained robots to process and analyze the organoids they produced.

The researchers also used their new technique to search for drugs that could affect disease.

You can read the full report describing the new technique here.