Avatars take lead role in future CF therapy

Organoid ‘avatars’ are among the technological advances for treating cystic fibrosis
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Under the bright lights of a lab, a cluster of human cells inside a dish is exposed to a novel — and expensive — drug to test its efficacy.

These organoids act like avatars, boldly going where it’s unsafe for real humans to go. Welcome to the frontiers of research into treating cystic fibrosis (CF).