Saturday, February 16, 2008

Phasing out animal testing

I am glad animal testing is expensive. If it was cheap, no one would be bothered to think of alternative methods to that, except perhaps, people concern about lab animals. Recently there was a news report on using the help of robots, cells and computational modelling, to generate more data relevant to humans, cut down time and money and increase the number of chemicals tested. The report also encourage using more in-vitro tests on human cells and components.

It has been a long time, this should have been done ages ago, but despite this, many laboratories are still using animals in their studies. In some studies, animal testing may have provided results, but I find it very cruel. Someone once told me that lab mice lives are short, but useful because they contribute to science and mankind. In our eyes, maybe it is so, but if I were the mouse, I don't think I am so generous with my life. Perhaps because most of us have been taught from young to choose to use animals for our wants, but now we have our own reasoning ability, we can make a choice again, and hopefully select a better option.

Link to report:
http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=206504440

L'Oreal also developed lab-grown human skin to use for cosmetic testing

3 comments:

Edanator said...

Three U.S. agencies aim to end animal testing

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2008-02-14-animal-tests_N.htm

An ambitious program announced Thursday by a coalition of government agencies — the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Toxicology Program and the National Institutes of Health — could lead to the end of animal testing to evaluate the safety for humans of new chemicals and drugs.

The agreement is a "milestone" says Martin Stephens of the Humane Society of the United States. "We believe this is the beginning of the end for animal testing. We think the (conversion) process will take about 10 years."

Jackie said...

There are so many other methods available I cannot understand why it has even continued this long. Disgusting!

I refuse pharmaceuticals and funnily enough with things like antibiotics, since stopping them years ago, I don't get all the infections I used to get.

dreamy said...

Hopefully they do end that in 10 years... that would be a long time, but a long time is better than never.

To me.. Our body is the best antibiotic :)

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