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Using human cardiac muscle cells, researchers from the Institute of Molecular Virology at Ulm University Hospital have found out that the BA.5 subvariant of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has a higher infectivity and cell-damaging effect than other subvariants.

The Thuringian Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Health, Women and Family Affairs, which also includes Animal Protection, calls for applications for the 29th Thuringian Animal Protection Award. Applications can be submitted by individuals, groups of individuals, agricultural businesses, as well as developers of animal-free methods.

Herbert Stiller Award for animal-free research

Wednesday, 01 February 2023 12:51

Once again, the Herbert Stiller Prize awarded by the animal rights organization Doctors Against Animal Experiments supports non-animal research projects in the field of medicine or biomedicine.

Scientists are investigating the molecular causes of endogenous Cushing's disease. For this purpose, cell cultures are used. Besides the university hospitals in Würzburg and Tübingen, further hospitals in Erlangen, Hamburg-Eppendorf as well as in the Netherlands are involved.

Scientists at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC), Berlin-Buch, and at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, have developed an AI that can increasingly elucidate the cellular mechanisms involved in the development of cancer.

IUCLID database to avoid animal testing

Sunday, 29 January 2023 20:03

IUCLID (International Uniform ChemicaL Information Database) is a software application for collecting, storing, maintaining and exchanging data on intrinsic and hazardous properties of chemical substances. Such data play an important role in chemical regulation by both industry and regulatory agencies.

As part of its commitment to support the transition to an animal-free regulatory system, from the 31st of May to the 1st of June, ECHA is organizing a workshop to discuss critical needs to enable faster progress.

The federal government is funding the "Cellzero Meat" project with about 1.2 million euros. Cellzero Meat is a scientific network that is looking for alternatives to conventional meat production. The goal is to overcome the obstacles that have not yet been solved. To this end, the researchers want to close gaps in knowledge so that meat from the laboratory can be produced without antibiotics and in an animal-friendly way.

This time, two prestigious research awards from the Center for Alternative to Animal Testing (CAAT) at the Bloomberg School of Medicine in Baltimore go to two German teams for their commitment to non-animal methods.

Hamburg: In vitro researcher to hold 3Rs chair

Wednesday, 18 January 2023 10:42

Biomedical scientist Prof. Maike Frye takes over the chair on 3R methods at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE). With her Vascular Biology group, the scientist is developing novel hydrogel techniques for culture systems of human cells. The aim is to recreate tissue environments of vascular endothelial cells.