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The entire female menstrual cycle can now be replicated in a Petri dish

Providing researchers with a platform to study drugs and diseases influenced by these hormones
menstrual cycle in a lab

Northwestern University

Each section contains a different group of organ tissues. Working together, this organ system on a chip replicates the female 28-day menstrual cycle.

The best way to understand the human body—and the drugs that we put inside it—is to study organs as their cells are thriving, breathing, and multiplying. But you can’t really do that when those organs are inside real, living humans. So for the past few decades, researchers

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