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A new study of the Animal Welfare Academy in Neubiberg near Munich, which was funded by the Foundation for the Promotion of Alternative and Complementary Methods to Reduce Animal Testing (set), has found that in the context of the European chemicals directive REACH still avoidable animal experiments are carried out despite existing replacement process.

Genome of HeLa cells deciphered

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 18:56

More than 60 years after the first successful cultivation of HeLa cells in a Petri dish scientists from Heidelberg have deciphered the genetic makeup of these cells.

Today the last stage of the 7th Amendment to the Cosmetics Directive became legally effective. Thus, a sale and import both cosmetics as well as their ingredients and additives that have been tested on animals, is no longer permitted.

Brain researchers from Tübingen and Münster have "treated" a common variant of Parkinson's disease using a human stem cell culture thus gaining new insights in the field, without using animals.

USA: Human brain to be mapped

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 19:03

In the United States, a multi-billion dollar project named “Brain Activity Project” has been launched, with the goal of creating a detailed map of the human brain.

Researchers at the Universität Regensburg, colleagues at the Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule Jena – University of Applied Sciences led by Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Feller and four industrial partners have developed a microfluidic chip system for measuring the skin-friendliness of cosmetics.

COMBACTE: Insights From Study Samples

Monday, 18 February 2013 19:05

Clinical studies for testing new medical drugs produce considerable amounts of patient samples that would be extremely valuable for researching diseases, but which have been rarely used so far. In a new research project that is a common initiative of the European Union and the pharmaceutical industry for combating resistant bacteria, scientists now want to make use of this resource.

Species Differences: Immune System

Friday, 15 February 2013 19:20

A team of researchers led by Shaw Warren at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston has investigated differences between the immune systems of humans and mice. The researchers discovered that the gene expression of white blood cells (leukocytes) in humans after various induced inflammatory diseases differs greatly to that of various strains of mice.

In the database for alternative methods to animal experiments (AnimAlt-ZEBET), a new document is now available. It portrays progress made in the area of non-invasive MRT (magnet resonance tomography)-based procedures with special significance for cognitive neuroscience and experimental attention research.

One billion for Blue Brain Project

Monday, 28 January 2013 19:26

The Human Brain Project is one of the consortiums chosen to be part of the EU flagship initiative. The project’s initiators can look forward to receiving one billion euros in funding over a period of ten years. The goal of the Human Brain Project consortium is to model the processes in the brain in as detailed a manner as possible, to understand its functions and develop new drugs.