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Toxicity testing on the placenta and embryo

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The chip hosting embryonic tissue in suspended drops of culture medium (in green), viewed from below. Placental cells are cultivated in the light blue area in the centre of the photograph. (Photograph: ETH Zurich / Julia Boos)

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a cell culture test to detect substances that are directly or indirectly harmful to embryos. Based on an existing test used for developing new drugs and chemicals, the augmented version is designed to help reduce the number of animal experiments.

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