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MIT researchers aim to make drugs on the battlefield

Making biologic drugs — those grown from living cells — is an elaborate, slow process requiring giant equipment and lots of time. It is not mobile or flexible.

Now a team led by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is trying to make the ultimate mobile drug lab, one that can be pieced together on a battlefield or brought to a clinic at the front to brew small batches of medicines in a day or less.

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