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The European Congress on Alternatives to Animal Testing traditionally takes place once a year at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, this year being the seventeenth time.
The “Linz Congress” is hosted by EUSAAT (European Society for Alternatives to Animal Testing), for whom it was also the fourteenth annual congress. The European Teratology Society (ETS) also had a meeting on the first evening.

According to an article in the German daily newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt, the German Research Foundation (DFG) has acknowledged deficits in the search for alternative methods. According to the chairman of the DFG senate commission, Prof. Gerald Heldmaier, there are considerations to close the gap by creating endowed professorships.

In a premiere, an international research team led by Mehmet Hanay at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena has developed a mechanical scales with which they can even weigh single molecules such as proteins or viruses.

In this year's student competition iGEM (international Competition of Genetically Engineered Machines), eleven student teams from Germany take part. Amongst them a team from the University of Potsdam, that wants to use hamster ovary cells (CHO cells) in order to produce antibodies and a team from the University of Tübingen, that wants to use yeast cells  to detect hormones in water.

Saarbrücken: Epigenome Program launched

Tuesday, 28 August 2012 22:50

On 1 September, 21 German research groups launched the epigenome programme DEEP. The goal is to decrypt 70 epigenomes from human cell types.

USA: Reproducibility Initiative

Saturday, 18 August 2012 22:52

The US-based company Science Exchange is offering researchers the opportunity to have their work validated by independent research institutions, with the goal of using the test results to establish a quality label.

Two new documents portraying animal-free alternative methods in acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress research are currently available in the AnimAlt-ZEBET data base of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). The techniques which are now present in the data base use primary human cells or whole tissues, respectively, and thus are also preferable in regard to translational aspects.

Baden-Württemberg's Ministry of Finance and Economy is to contribute 500,000 euros in funding to the joint research project "Artificial Micro-Organs", a collaboration between the Natural and Medical Sciences Institute (NMI) and the Institute for Micro and Information Technology based in Villingen-Schwenningen.

New category: Ground-breaking Technology

Thursday, 02 August 2012 22:57

The InVitroJobs website now features a new category, "Ground-breaking Technology", in which selected scientific publications are compiled in a thematic bibliography. The list includes milestones in the development of technological highlights which already can or could in the future replace animal experiments for specific topics.

Icelandic researchers led by Kari Stefansson from the pharmaceutical company deCODE genetics in Reykjavik have discovered a gene mutation in the genomes of almost 1,800 dementia-free 80- to 100-year-olds that lowers the risk of contracting the disease.