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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The US Food and Drug Administration announced on Monday that it has awarded Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering a $5.6 million contract to assess medical countermeasures for treating radiation sickness using Wyss' organs-on-chips technology.

In work carried out as part of the award, researchers at Wyss will develop models of radiation damage in lung, gut, and bone marrow organs-on-chips and then test possible medical countermeasures for radiation sickness on the models.

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