Tiny artificial lungs grown in a lab from adult stem cells have allowed scientists to watch how coronavirus infects the lungs in a new ‘major breakthrough’.
Researchers from Duke University and Cambridge University produced artificial lungs in two independent and separate studies to examine the spread of Covid-19.
- Researchers took stem cells and had them grow into cells found in the lungs
- They then had them produce 3D models of the lung cells Covid-19 infects
- They can use their new models to track the spread of the deadly virus in lungs
- It’s hoped doing so will allow them to develop new drugs to help treat the virus