Auckland researchers build virtual lungs to better diagnose and treat patients

Virtual lungs could help doctors learn more about a vital set of organs without unnecessary tests and experiments. 

Our lungs are "extraordinarily complex" – they change with every inhale and exhale, and as we age, making it difficult to identify change or disease until "significant" damage is done. 

But researchers at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute have found a way around that – by studying lungs that look and breathe like the real thing, but are housed on a computer.

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