An End to Animal Testing?
Posted by lisagbrown on February 15, 2008
USA Today reported yesterday that three government agencies, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Toxicology Program and the National Institutes of Health, have formed a coalition that could potentially end the testing of chemicals and drugs on animals. According to USA Today, the coalition’s primary reasons for this effort are a result of, “the public’s “unease” with animal testing, in addition to a growing number of new chemicals and high testing costs.” New technologies allow chemicals and drugs to be tested on isolated human cells, which are then analyzed by a computer. This is a more efficient, precise and cost-effective method of toxicity testing. The transision is expected to take about ten years.
The article can be read in full in the USA Today Science and Technology section.