Researchers from the Translational Center for Regenerative Therapies at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC in Würzburg and another team of scientists want to modify a human in vitro cornea model and integrate a measurement technique that does not disturb the processes in the cell culture. With their model, they want to completely replace the eye damage and eye irritation tests on rabbits, which are often very stressful.

For the eighth time, the Lush Prize awarded grants totaling 250,000 pounds on November 11 and 12, 2020. Nadine Dreser from the University of Constance was one of five young international researchers who received £10,000 in funding for her non-animal research project.

Leading cosmetics manufacturers have made a statement against animal testing of cosmetics. This was necessary because a sunscreen manufacturer had been obliged by the European Court of Appeal to carry out animal experiments.

In addition to ACE2, international research teams have found another receptor that the SARS-CoV-2 virus uses to enter the cells: neuropilin-1.

Liver surgery: consultation in silico

Friday, 16 October 2020 13:19

Physicists and scientists from six research institutions in Jena, Berlin, Stuttgart, Bremen as well as Leipzig want to develop a digital model that can mimic the blood flow and function of the healthy and diseased liver in high spatial resolution.

Researchers from Austria have found a way to produce the vaccine adjuvant Squalene in the laboratory, which is, for instance, urgently needed for vaccines against corona. The oil squalene has mainly been extracted from the livers of deep-sea sharks.

Scientists at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) have discovered that even in the case of simple decisions a large number of regions communicate with each other that are widely distributed over the human brain.

In its recent statement, the National Committee for Laboratory Animals recommends launching a public investigation (NOU) in Norway to discuss ways, how a restriction of animal experiments in Norway through increased use of non-animal methods can be achieved.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding the validation of three-dimensional cell culture assays for high-throughput toxicity analyses.

Applications for the 3R Science Prize of the European Partnership for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EPAA) can be submitted until 12 noon on October 5, 2020.