A Heriot Watt University team of bioengineers has created a process for manufacturing human liver cell tissue, which will end the need for animal testing.
Above: Alan Faulkner-Jones from Heriot Watt University who has created a process to artificially manufacture human liver cells. And below: Alan with Dr Will Shu.
The technology – essentially a ‘breeder’ box (see picture below) – developed by Dr Will Shu and his team, ‘prints’ 3D layers of liver tissue. In the near future this is expected to fast-track the development of drugs, and in the longer term end the need for testing on animals as human tissues are more accurate test models for human drugs.
A commission for Heriot Watt University / Pagoda Public Relations and published in Scotland on Sunday, Metro and the Daily Express.