The Rhineland-Palatinate's Ministry of the Environment is funding a two-year cooperation project between the Institute of Human Genetics at the Heidelberg University Hospital and the Institute for Biological interfaces at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the objective of which is to develop alternatve methods to animal experiments.

January of this year saw the launch of the research project DETECTIVE, funded with more than eight millinon euros and led by Professor Dr. Jürgen Hescheler of the University of Cologne. DETECTIVE is a project of the 6th EU Research Framework Programme in collaboration  with the COLIPA (European Cosmetic Association). The project's oblective is to help ascertain endpoints (study objectives) and bio-markers for the long-term toxicity examinations with the assistance in vitro systems.

The world largest producer of tea, e.g. Lipton tea, Unilever, has announced that it has stopped all animal experiments for tea or tea ingredients, effective immediately, unless required by law.

Mouse bio-assay replaced as of today

Tuesday, 01 February 2011 15:53

A new EU regulation puts an end to the so-called mouse bio-assay which has used for testing toxin contamination in shellfish, instead requiring an animal-free chemical testing procedure.

For the fourth time the German Research Foundation (DFG) awarded the Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Prize to those scientists who are considered to have made exemplary and sustained efforts to improve the welfare of animals in research. On January 24th the prize was awarded to the members of two working groups by Prof. Matthias Kleiner, President of the DFG, at the Wissenschaftsforum in Berlin. The groups from Hamburg and Konstanz share the prize money of 50.000 Euro.

By genetic engineering scientists got one step closer to solve the cause of neurogenerative diseases. Scientists of the Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB) in Martinsried near Munich used the method of transfection of HEK293T cells with artificial proteins to find out how protein aggregates lead to neurogenerative diseases like Alzheimer, Parkinson or Chorea Huntington.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a call to expand the reserve list of the External Review Working Group. Committed to the continuous enhancement of its scientific work, the European Food Safety Authority will organise the second external review of the quality of its scientific outputs.

The 2010 research award of the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) supports methodological works to reduce or replace animal experiments. It carries a value of 15.000 Euro and will be awarded on December 15, 2010 to a research group of the Paul-Ehrlich Institute (PEI). The scientists of the “Langen-Group” receive the price for their development of an in vitro method for detecting the remaining toxicity in tetanus vaccine. The group is listed in our survey of working groups which are developing animal free research methods.

At the 17th of november, the EU-Commission has decided that the painful mouse-bioassay (MBA) for detection of algae toxins in shellfish has to be replaced within three years by chemico-/physical methods.

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid. In transgenic mouse model studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acid consumption can reduce Alzheimer disease risk. An examinations with Alzheimer patients DHA did not slow the rate of cognitive and functional decline of brain.