Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Laboratories of the future may go rat-free

The Sun-Sentinel reports here on the trend toward eliminating animal testing in favor of superior alternative testing methods. As noted in the article, the European Union is moving to ban animal testing for cosmetics:

Animal testing can be slow, though, and some researchers question how well an animal's response to a chemical can predict human reactions.

In addition, the public is increasingly queasy about animal testing, especially the idea of inflicting pain for products like new lipsticks or eye shadows. The movement against animal testing has been especially strong across the Atlantic, where the European Union is set to enact its ban on animal testing for cosmetics in March 2009.

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