Prize awarded for alternative to animal experiments

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A scientist, who opposes to animal testing, developed a method for testing medicines on human skin tissues or computer models of the human body.

THE NETHERLANDS – A prize for the best alternative to animal experiments was awarded to a scientist who developed a method for testing medicines on human skin tissue or computer models of the human body.

The prize was awarded by the Dutch Animal Protection Agency last weekend to Dr Conchita Callant. The scientist, who was voted by the public via the internet, was among five nominated for the award. 

Dr Callant whose method means that animal experiments are no longer necessary believes animal testing is a thing of the past.

“Predictions based on animal models are limited …. the more we know about humans and the human body, the more the differences between humans and animals become apparent," said the scientist.

If scientists know more about how different people react to a substance they will have a better idea on how to treat them, said Dr Callant.

Her research programme ASAT (Assuring Safety Without Animal Testing) is being financed by the Health Ministry until the end of the year.

The Animal Protection Agency hopes their prize will encourage Health Minister Ab Klink to extend the subsidy.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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