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The Einstein Foundation in Berlin has approved the preliminary stage of an Einstein Center 3R for the development of alternative methods to animal testing.

South Carolina: In vitro heart attack model

Wednesday, 08 July 2020 09:19

To better understand heart failure and to improve drug testing for patients with heart failure, scientists at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and from Clemson University have developed a heart attack model in the form of an organoid.

This year, the 3R Competence Centre Switzerland (3RCC) is supporting four projects with  1.3 million Swiss francs in total.

Success for animal welfare: After years of legal battle, two patents on genetically modified great apes have been withdrawn. An alliance of animal and environmental protection organizations had fought against the patents for years.

An American research team from the University of California has observed in vitro that cells infected with SARS-CoV2 can infect their neighbors with the coronavirus via filipodia - thread-like protuberances of the cells - before they are eliminated by the immune system.

Using cell cultures and a mathematical model, scientists at the European Union's Joint Research Centre have found that the effects of chemical mixtures on the developing human brain can be more harmful than the sum of the individual chemical effects determined in tests.

The US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) work plan for the use of New Approach Methods (NAMs) was developed in response to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler's Guideline 2019, which aims to reduce the use of animal testing while maintaining the protection of humans and the environment.

The online Summer School of the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore is currently running.

Some of the events can be attended free of charge.

Scientists at Empa in St. Gallen, Switzerland, are using cell cultures as well as mathematical comparison models and algorithms to determine the risks of nanoparticles, especially of Graphene, on humans.

Coronavirus is able to infect brain cells

Thursday, 18 June 2020 13:32

Scientists at the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore have used an in vitro model to find out that the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 can infect the human brain and multiply in the brain's nerve cells.