Evatar is a new exciting technological advance that has just been added
to the field of reproductive health. It’s a complete, robotic replica
of the female reproductive system. The team of researchers from Northwestern
University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Draper Laboratory
developed Evatar and it comes equipped with a complete uterus, ovaries
and a menstrual cycle. Made from human and mouse tissue, it is
able to mimic the 28-day menstrual cycle.
Evatar also produces hormones, often the cause of many reproductive system
complications from cancer and fibroids to endometriosis and infertility.
Scientists hope to use this device in order to study different treatment
options for conditions, which are often treated by surgery. Ideally, researchers
one day hope to use a patient’s stem cells to create an Evatar that
will act as a personalized model of her reproductive system. This will
allow doctors to prepare a treatment plan that is more individualized,
isolating which drugs work best for which patients, for instance. This
is especially good news for women hoping to get to the root cause of their
infertility, whether it be a result of low FSH, POR (Premature Ovarian
Failure) or DOR (Diminished Ovarian Reserve).
To read more about Evatar, check out this recent
New York Times article.
And if you’d like more in-depth reading, here is a link to the
direct medical article.