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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.

A team of researchers at the Ruhr University Bochum is using nerve cell organoids to investigate mechanisms that could lead to the development of Alzheimer's disease.

For the diagnosis of botulinum toxin poisoning in clinical samples and food, the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin has presented an alternative method for the test on mice.

Shift workers or people who frequently fly  between different time zones, therefore suffering from jet lags, have a higher risk of cancer. Scientists from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia have found out the reason for this using cell cultures.

As the newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost writes in its current issue, Hamburg's socialdemocrats and the Greens  want to reduce animal testing at Hamburg' s universities, and to anchor animal protection in the Hamburg Higher Education Act.

In the project "Spatially resolved cellular and molecular drivers of cardiac remodeling in healthy and failing", a British-German team of researchers wants to analyze thousands of individual cells from different areas of the heart with the most modern methods to understand the heart at a molecular level.

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