BASF provides IIVS with In Vitro Equipment

Thursday, 25 October 2012 21:35

The chemical company BASF SE has provided U.S. based Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) with equipment critical to replacing the use of animals for eye irritation testing of certain chemicals. IIVS will place the units at each of its newly developed training laboratories in Xi'an, Beijing, and Guangzhou, China.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to collaborate with European researchers in developing new toxicology tools that advance non-animal based safety science and health research.

Scientists from Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) and the Saarland University have unraveled the physical properties of the lung mucus. They found out that in lung mucus a stiff gel scaffold seperates large fluid-filled pores from each other and prevents the movement of  nanoparticles via pore boundaries.

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Cosmetics: ECEAE at the European Parliament

Monday, 22 October 2012 21:38

At the 18th of October the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) presented about 240,000 signatures from the No Cruel Cosmetics campaign to the Petitions Committee of the European Parliament. The aim is to end the import and sale of cosmetics tested on animals in Europe. InVitroJobs was also resented.

The biochemists Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka from the United States have received the this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on the function of receptors in body cells.

The research team from the University Skin Clinics of Freiburg and Mannheim has developed an animal-free assay system, with which chemicals can be tested for their potential to cause the so-called contact dermatitis, a special form of inflammation.

The Nobel prize for medicine goes to the Japanese Shinya Yamanaka and the British John Gurdon. They are honored for their research on stem cells.

DFG Communication Award 2013

Friday, 28 September 2012 22:16

The German Research Foundation (DFG) announces the 14th Communication Award 2013, the Scientific Award of the Founders' Association for German Science (Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft). The prize is valued at € 50,000.

In a first phase to clarify whether and to what extent the potential of omics analysis, bioinformatics and systems biology can contribute to a better understanding of toxicological processes and new, predictive in vitro test methods as substitutes for animal testing, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is calling for proposals for pilot projects on the topic of “Innovative toxicology to reduce animal testing (e:ToP)”.