The EU's new ALURES database, containing the non-technical project summaries (NTS) of all member states, is online. Together with the EU' s animal experiment statistics, which are to be published annually, the European Commission wants to realise its transparency offensive.

After seeing a disturbing video of beagle puppies being used for animal experimentation, Home Secretary Priti Patel has launched an investigation in which officials are expected to find methods that could replace animal testing in the development of medicines.

In vitro: metastasis prediction model

Tuesday, 27 July 2021 15:18

Researchers from the University Hospital of Lausanne have succeeded in identifying and characterizing the most dangerous cells of Ewing's sarcoma. Their research results enable a more targeted approach against metastases.

Pancreas on the chip

Monday, 26 July 2021 10:15

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from Helmholtz Zentrum München, Technical University of Munich (TUM) and University Hospital Ulm has reproduced the development of a functioning pancreas on a specially developed microfluidic chip platform.

Zurich: Embryotoxicity tests on the chip

Thursday, 22 July 2021 12:42

Researchers at ETH Zurich have established the link between the placenta and an embryoid corpuscle on a microfluidic chip, which can be used to detect indications of possible developmental toxicity of substances.

To study metabolic processes in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a team of scientists from Florida has developed a multiorgan-on-a-chip model with human liver and fat cells. The results emphasize the need to consider fat cells in such studies.

A team of researchers from the departments of medicine and chemistry at the University of Duisburg-Essen intends to optimize and validate a 3D organoid model for stroke research. For this purpose, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is providing 750,000 euros.

Researchers from the Institute of Infectious Diseases (IFIK) at the University of Bern and from the Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI) have infected respiratory epithelial cells of various mammalian species with SARS-Cov2. By this means and with the help of genome sequencing, they were able to determine that the cells of monkeys and cats can be particularly easily infected by SARS-CoV-2.

Animal Welfare Research Award Berlin 2021

Thursday, 08 July 2021 10:20

This year, Berlin has again announced a prize to promote research into replacement and supplementary methods for animal experiments in teaching and research.  This year's prize money amounts to 30,000 euros.

On July 8, EU Commissioner Adina Ioana Vălean explained to the European Parliament how the Commission plans to fulfill its commitment to proactively reduce and replace animal testing in EU laboratories.

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