Friday, April 16, 2010
Bioengineering as a substitute to animal testing
Science Daily is one of my favorite websites. Yesterday they had an article about new research in the area of tissue engineering that should reduce the number of animals used in tests. The article mentions that current USDA regulations mandate animal testing for new drugs. Tens of millions of animals are killed or maimed each year in the name of researching the safety and effectiveness of new drugs, agricultural chemicals and consumer products. Animal testing slows the ability to get new products to market and is often not an accurate way to predict human reactions to drugs.