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The state of Baden-Württemberg is funding three projects as part of its "Development of replacement and supplementary methods to animal experiments" funding program. A total of 200,000 euros is available, which will be divided among three research projects. The funding is announced annually.

Physicians and bioinformaticians at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, the University of Zurich and University Hospital Zurich report using machine learning to develop a method for predicting how individual cells will respond to specific treatments. This should enable more accurate diagnoses and therapies.

Prof. Dr. Peter Loskill from Eberhard Karls University Tübingen and the Natural and Medical Sciences Institute in Reutlingen (MNI) together with colleagues want to use a female hormone model to find out how metabolism, immune system and dynamic resilience are related in pre- and post-menopausal women.

The "traffic light coalition" consisting of the Green Party, Liberals and Social democrats, has earmarked one million euros in the budget for 2024 for the development and initial implementation of a strategy to reduce animal testing. Another million has been reserved for subsequent budgets.

Saarland wants to support alternatives to animal testing by awarding a research prize. The prize is now presented for the second time. It is endowed with 10,000 euros and is awarded every two years.

A team of researchers from the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and the U.S. NICEATM (National Toxicology Program Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods), together with other colleagues from the U.S., has published a comprehensive database on allergic skin reactions to chemical substances. Information from the database is intended to support the evaluation of results from non-animal methods.

Prof. Dr. Peter Loskill from the Natural and Medical Sciences Institute (NMI) at the University of Tübingen and the Medical Faculty of the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen has been awarded this year's Herbert Stiller Prize by the animal rights organization Doctors Against Animal Experiments.

In order to provide students with a comprehensive guide as to where in Germany it is possible to study largely without the use of animals, today, the Federal Association of People for Animal Rights has published the SATIS University Guide for studying without the use of animals.

A group of researchers led by Prof. Dr. Anne Spang from the Biozentrum at the University of Basel has studied the lipid metabolism process in yeast cells as well as in human cells in more detail. They found that the protein Arf1 ensures that lipids stored in the cells are transported from the lipid droplets to the mitochondria on demand.

Scientists led by Prof. Rudolph Tanzi, PhD, director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital of the Harvard University in Boston, have used an in vitro Alzheimer's model to elucidate the mechanisms underlying amyloid-β reduction when the muscle protein irisin is available.