Robotic fish to replace animal testing

Monday, 17 June 2019 11:28

Over the next three years, scientists at the Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg will be working on replacing live animals with robotic fish in tests carried out at European hydroelectric power plants.

In the EU project "iPSpine" (Induced pluripotent stem cell-based therapy for spinal regeneration) 20 international scientists want to find new and innovative ways of treating intervertebral disc diseases. A new medical product will be developed and tested. consisting of pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) and intelligent biomaterials. For this purpose, the EU is providing 15 million euros as part of Horizon 2020.

Physicians and lung researchers led by professor Robert Bals, professor Thomas Tschernig as well as the pharmacist professor Claus-Michael Lehr from the Saarland University are examining together in a project on how lung tissue destroyed by COPD can be regenerated.

The start-up company TissUse has introduced the brand name HUMIMIC for its Organ-on-a-Chip models, devices and accessories.

According to analysis of current research results, done by scientists from the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors (IfADo) as well as from the University of Cologne, a general replacement of animal experiments with the current in vitro test systems is not yet possible. The authors identify a need for further research and propose a systematic approach based on a roadmap.

With the votes of the government faction of Social Democrats, Greens and the Left Party as well as with the Abstention from opposition, two requests passed the plenary yesterday. According to these applications, at Berlin's universities there have to be a reduction of animal use and an expansion of animal-free methods.

The Altertox Academy has launched an interesting series of workshops. The first two workshops will take place in July and can already be booked.

After years of discussion, the government approved a draft law on the so-called research allowance today. This means that tax support will be available for those small and medium-sized enterprises engaged in research and development.

Swiss scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) have developed a new test on a chip basis, which can be used to early detect damages to an embryo caused by chemical substances or drugs. The test can be used to screen substances thereby reducing animal testing and saving costs.

Researchers from the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin have discovered an important messenger substance in cell cultures which plays an important role during uncontrolled growth of Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of lymph gland cancer.

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