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Kinder Lab Tests

by dusty on October 29, 2008



An interesting article from Popular Science talks about new procedures that will path the way for more  humane animal lab tests, such as using artificial skin grown from human cells, microchips coated with enzymes and living cells, and so on…

“Kill Cells, Not Mice – Here’s another device animal lovers can get behind. A liver-on-a-chip will reveal how new drugs react in the body, without killing animals in the process. The system pairs the MetaChip, a glass slide coated with liver enzymes, with the DataChip, a slide covered with live human cells from various tissues, to test whether new drug candidates will become toxic in the liver. The tech, developed by Solidus Biosciences, has received federal funding and will launch next year.”
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This is a definitely a promising start towards pushing for newer techniques and methods that will lessen the need and intensity to use animals for testing in labs.

Read more details of this article from Popular Science.

Meanwhile, you can play your part in giving animals a better life, by looking for and using products that declare that they do not perform tests on animals while developing the product.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Uncle Lee October 29, 2008 at 10:38 am

Hi Wiffy, noticed your callsign at Amirah’s page.
Wow, you too keep hampsters?
Usually women would be afraid of furry animals especially ones that look like rats, ha ha.
I would love to keep them, but wife frighten of them, so thats it…I need a cook, so no pets, ha ha.
Have a nice day, Lee.

2 Ippo October 29, 2008 at 12:11 pm

I hope that this science breakthrough is affordable enough for all labs to be using.

3 Lina Toin February 19, 2009 at 1:33 pm

I feel so bad for the hamsters! Sniff sniff~

4 Someone in The Snow February 20, 2009 at 6:16 am

I gotta find a way
to get outta her and save the day
but for now I’m stuck right here
and I know that getting out is a must, baby
because I’m just…
(strums guitar)
someone in the snow
stuck here with nowhere to go
I try to find a way
to get outta here and save the day
but for now [but for now]
I’m just [just]
stuck [stuck] in[iinnnn]
:o Someone stuck in the snow-oooh oh….

:( I’m just someone in the snow,
stuck here lookin’ for a place to go-oh
i gotta try to find a way
to get outta here and save the day
but I’m just [I'm just
someone stuck in the snow
any i dont think I'll ever have a place to call home [call home] oh…. I’m just stuck…. in the the — snowwwwwww. :(

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