Northwestern University scientists engaged themselves in creating a replica of the female reproductive system to be able to test the safety of drug therapies.
This synthetic, 3D cube is made with human tissue and consists of tube-like models that contain the cells of different parts of the female reproductive system such as the ovaries, fallopian tube, uterus, vagina, and liver. This system has a fluid that takes the role of blood. The fluid dynamically flows through each of the different compartments, just like how blood works with our organs.
The cells used in this system can be kept alive for a whole 28-day menstrual cycle. Scientists are confident that this will allow them to study conditions of the female reproductive system such as endometriosis or fibroid tumors.
Teresa Woodruff, the lead researcher of the system, says “This is nothing short of a revolutionary technology.” with it being able to allow doctors and other researchers to study individual metabolisms and conditions.
They have named the system Evetar, based off of the word avatar except incorporating the name, Eve. They also have plans for a male version, with the idea of calling it, “The Dude Cube.”