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The German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) advises politicians and society on issues relating to the future of technology science and technology policy. In a recent paper "Lost in Translation?" - Ansätze zur Entfesselung gesellschaftlicher und ökonomischer Potenziale der Biotechnologie, the authors recommend 3D bioprinting as a long-term replacement for animal testing.

As the British animal rights organization RSPCA reports on LinkedIn, the Minister for Science, Research and Innovation, Andrew Griffith, has announced in the British Parliament that the government intends to publish a new plan by the summer that aims to accelerate the development, validation and application of technologies and methods to reduce animal testing.

Emma Hurst, Member of the Australian Parliament in New South Wales, has introduced a bill to amend the Animal Research Act 2023 into Parliament. The aim is to ban the severely stressful forced swim tests as well as smoke inhalation tests on rodents. The decisions have already had an impact on research in many Australian institutions. For instance, the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia have banned researchers from using the forced swimming test.

This year, the state of Baden-Württemberg is once again supporting the development of alternative and complementary methods to animal testing.

In order to create a customized form of cartilage tissue, which has always been difficult to date, scientists at Technical University Vienna are pursuing a new approach using a precision 3D printing process.

Using human cells from a 3D printer, a team of researchers from the US, Singapore and China have created tissue that looks and functions like a piece of brain.

3Rs Student Grants 2024: call for submissions

Wednesday, 14 February 2024 11:31

The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) helps students and young scientists with outstanding work in the field of alternative approaches to attend a high-profile scientific event.

NIH to invest increased in NAMs

Tuesday, 13 February 2024 12:37

Last week, the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Monica Bertagnolli, accepted the Advisory Committee's to consider approaches that use new alternative methods in biomedical and behavioral research.

At the end of January, French in vitro neuroscientist Dr. Alexandra Benchoua was honored for her development of an animal-free method that can be used to investigate neurological and psychiatric diseases such as autistic spectrum disorders and to find treatment options.

Scientists from the Institute of Transfusion Medicine and Gene Therapy at Freiburg University Medical Center, led by Prof. Toni Cathomen, have received funding of around €1.17 million as part of the British "Crack it" Challenge. The team is researching an innovative, animal-free approach to the safety assessment of modern cancer therapies.