Lab-Grown ‘Mini Lungs’ Are Helping Scientists Understand COVID-19 Infection

Interesting Engineering | Oct 26, 2020 at 8:33 PM
  • ‘Mini lungs’ grown from tissue donated to Cambridge hospitals in the United Kingdom have provided much-needed insight into the way that COVID-19 infects and damages the lungs of people with the disease.
  • The team used the tissue donated to tissue banks at the Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University NHS Foundations Trust, UK, and Seoul National University Hospital to extract a type of lung cell known as human lung alveolar type 2 cells.
  • In the near future, the researchers from the UK and South Korea study hope to use their technique to grow 3D models from cells of patients who are particularly vulnerable to infection, such as the elderly, and find out what exactly happens to their lung tissue.