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The OrganoPlate® in Rijksmuseum Boerhaave

The OrganoPlate® in Rijksmuseum Boerhaave

Frankenstein: towards a new form of human life

The OrganoP{late at the Franktenstein exhibition in Rijksmuseum Boerhaave

Leiden March 16, 2018. Today, the exhibition ‘Frankenstein: towards a new form of human life’ has been opened by the Dutch writer Hanna Bervoets in Rijksmuseum Boerhaave in Leiden. The MIMETAS OrganoPlate® is displayed in the exposition as the hallmark of scientific developments aiming to mimic what we consider human. The exhibition shows an OrganoPlate®, an enlarged model of a 3-lane culture chip with perfusion flow and a tissue model with blood vessels.

Mary Shelly's novel ‘Frankenstein'

The original inside cover of the Frankenstein novel from 1831 (image Wikipedia)

Exactly two hundred years ago, Mary Shelly published her groundbreaking novel ‘Frankenstein’. Frankenstein tells the story of a young scientist who creates a grotesque but sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. The book still inspires people to think about what makes us human. With the advancement of technology, this question is more relevant than ever.

Boerhaave: the father of physiology

Rijksmuseum Boerhaave in Leiden

The museum is named after Herman Boerhaave (1668 – 1738), a Dutch physician and botanist who was famous in Europe for his teaching in Leiden, receiving brilliant students from all over Europe, including Peter the Great, Voltaire and Linnaeus. He is regarded as the founder of clinical teaching and of the modern academic hospital and is sometimes referred to as "the father of physiology". Boerhaave introduced the quantitative approach into medicine and is best known for demonstrating the relation between symptoms and lesions. In a way, you could regard Boerhaave as a pioneer of personalized medicine. Now, 350 years after his birth, we’re investigating the use of phenotypic tissue models for development and selection of better disease cures at MIMETAS.

The exhibition ‘Frankenstein: towards a new for of human life’ is open from March 17 to October 28, 2018) in Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, Lange St. Agnietenstraat 10 in Leiden, The Netherlands.