Alternatives to Animal Testing
Animal testing is immoral and should be eliminated. In our modern society animal testing has become obsolete, and there are many new promising replacements. Texas A&M University is helping to test tissue chips, which would be an alternative to human and animal testing. The tissue chips are tiny bioengineered systems that mimic the organs and tissues of the human body. They are designed to test the safety and efficiency of drugs. Ivan Rusyn, PhD, MD, professor of veterinary integrative biosciences at the university says that the chips “may improve our ability to ensure that a drug is safe before clinical trials begin and could ultimately replace drug testing in humans and animals” (Irish University Review). The National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) has even given the university a $4.2 million dollar grant to continue their research. This money will help test and validate the devices and compare them to similar chips being developed at other universities and companies. These chips could even be more effective than animal testing. Researchers hope the tissue chips will serve to more accurately imitate whole human tissues and organs. This is a very promising new field of research, that could eliminate animal testing altogether.
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