A tiny model human liver
Organoids like this one – tiny model organs that replicate the functions of the real thing – offer exciting new possibilities for understanding diseases.
This bright-field microscopic image shows a three-day-old human liver organoid grown by a team of American and German scientists.
The tiny liver – suspended in solution inside an under-lit petri dish well – is about 10 mm wide. Generated from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs), the miniature organs are being developed for their potential to study and treat liver disease.