Why is This Kidney-on-a-Chip Getting Launched into Space?
A kidney-on-a-chip may sound straight out of a sci-fi movie????but it’s a real thing... and scientists want to launch these devices into space ????They want to study how space conditions like microgravity affect our kidneys????and hopefully find ways to treat kidney disease for astronauts and people on Earth????The credit card-sized chips hold microchambers lined with human kidney cells ????which simulate part of a kidney's function????University of Washington scientists helped design the chip????The experiment will be delivered to the ISS aboard a SpaceX supply shuttle????where it will be exposed to microgravity for about two weeks??