AiSPI Newswire

In our newswire we share the latest global news on emerging scientific breakthroughs that are replacing animals in research, testing and education, global policy and legislative change, scientific studies that help us to understand animals better….and more!

Technological advances may reduce need for animal testing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The use of animals in testing for commercial products, drug trials and medical research is increasingly coming into question as technology comes up with more accurate alternatives.

The Wyss Institute at Harvard, for example, has engineered microchips – “called “organs-on-chips” – that mimic the structure and functions of living human organs, including the lung, intestine, kidney, skin and bone marrow.

Private businesses have also gotten into the act, including MatTek Corp. of Ashland, Mass., which is marketing 3D reconstructed human tissue models – based on real human cells – for toxicology research that can be used by the cosmetics, chemical, pharmaceutical and household product industries.

Computers outperform lab rats in detecting toxic chemicals

Northbrook, Ill., Feb. 14, 2018 — UL, the science safety company, and Johns Hopkins University have embarked on joint research that has resulted in findings that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is superior in finding toxic substances to traditional animal testing. Beyond being more effective, UL’s Cheminformatics REACHAcross™ software computer processing can be performed in a matter of seconds and at a fraction of the cost to traditional testing methods. Working with researchers at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, UL has developed an innovative suite of tools including REACHAcross™ software to predict chemical toxicity that can be used wherever such data is needed.

California Legislation Would Prohibit Sale of Animal-Tested Cosmetics

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The California Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act, SB 1249, was introduced today in the California State Legislature by Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton). The bill, which would prohibit the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the state, is sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL), and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), and supported by Cruelty Free International and Lush Cosmetics.

SB 1249 would make it unlawful for any cosmetic manufacturer to knowingly import or sell any cosmetic, including personal hygiene products such as deodorant, shampoo, or conditioner, in California if the final product or any component of the product was tested on animals after Jan. 1, 2020. A violation would result in a fine of up to $500 for the first violation and up to $1,000 for each subsequent violation.

Bill aims to show a little puppy love for retired lab animals

On February 27 2018 a Senate committee hearing is scheduled to discuss Senate Bill 675, the “Beagle Bill” for Maryland. The “Beagle Bill” requires research facilities to offer retired lab dogs and cats up for adoption. The bill also requires that research facilities provide an annual number of how many retired lab dogs and cats have been released to animal rescue organizations for potential adoption.

NIH Plans to Replace Animal testing with Ethical Modern Methods

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced plans to remove animals from the drug and chemical toxicity testing process, an outdated practice not only harmful and fatal to animals, but the findings are often irrelevant to human health.

Scientists at the non-profit health organization Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) assisted this change by shaping the new NIH roadmap to tailor toxicity testing with relevant methods that better protect human health.

Ten years of REACH from the animal welfare perspective

Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restrictions of Chemicals (REACH), a European Union regulation that addresses the production and use of chemical substances and their impacts on humans and the environment. After ten years
since REACH was put in place animal welfare experts have continuing concerns about the impacts on animals used in science and the future with REACH.