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Animal Testing Alternatives

January 20, 2010

– – Controversial animal testing for cosmetics manufacturers could soon be replaced by a new technology which uses laboratory-grown human skin cells to simulate the body’s allergic¬† response to foreign chemicals.

The standard method for testing allergic reactions involves applying chemicals to the ears of mice or guinea pigs, which are later killed and dissected for study.- – Kinda a “no-win” situation for rodents…

The new method would use a glass chip with human skin cells and chemicals which simulate the body’s immune system.¬† When a foreign substance is dropped onto the chip, the cells and chemicals interact to mimic the human’s body’s natural allergic response.¬† A working prototype by Hurel Corp. funded by L’Oreal is in the works, and could be in use by next year…