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There are bras available for women who don’t want to have implants post mastectomy. Elsewhere, ultrasound sensors in bras could detect breast cancer early.

But what about preventative treatment before the illness takes hold? Until now it’s proved difficult to test the efficacy of anti-cancer drugs in the lab. Partly because tissue taken from the body perishes within a matter of hours.

Until now. A British research team used a special hydrogel which enables breast tissue from high-risk patients to be preserved in its original condition for a week or more.

Meaning lab tests can be conducted with greater accuracy. Potentially accelerating the development of new drugs.

Others are working on lab models containing multiple connected organ samples.

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