According to the New York Post, scientists at the University of Washington School of Medicine have created an automated system that uses robots to make human “mini-organs from stem cells.” Science Daily reports that the capability to mass create “organoids” has the potential to increase the use of mini-organs in vital research and drug innovation.
“This is a new ‘secret weapon’ in our fight against disease,” the university’s Benjamin Freedman tells Science Daily.
Prior to this, scientists would develop cells for biomedical research by culturing them into even sheets. But these were too basic to accurately imitate the ways true cells acted. Recently, scientists have had some success growing these cells into more complex, and 3D, structures named mini-organs.
This new advancement, however, lets them produce these organoids at a fast rate. It’s the first time scientists have been able to manufacture these mini-organs from stem cells.
“Ordinarily, just setting up an experiment of this magnitude would take a researcher all day, while the robot can do it in 20 minutes,” Freedman states to Science Daily. “On top of that, the robot doesn’t get tired and make mistakes. . . . There’s no question — for repetitive, tedious tasks like this, robots do a better job than humans.”
Robots are beginning to perform more tasks that humans use to do. It is only a matter of time before they will hold the majority of daunting tasks that humans do not want to do.