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A new 3D model for responding to infectious diseases

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Many serious disease outbreaks in the past 20 years have been caused by respiratory viruses, including COVID-19. Traditionally, scientists use 2D cell culture systems to study these viruses in the lab. These systems involve growing one cell type on a plastic surface.

The CSIRO has been developing 3D human airway cell culture models to better understand how respiratory viruses work in actual human airways. All without the need for a real live human!

They can use their models to better understand how a pathogen affects a host, or whether potential drugs might work against it.

https://blog.csiro.au/lab-grown-airway-cells/?

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By Lynn Wood

25 July 2020

 
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