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70% of rabies experts believe vaccine tests rely too much on animal models

A literary review has revealed that a majority of rabies experts believe vaccine tests rely too heavily on animal tests. In spite of availability of alternatives and regulatory requirements, their use in industry lags behind. The review looked at factors that influence the disparity. See more at Faunalytics

August 6th, 2015|Newsfeed|Comments Off on 70% of rabies experts believe vaccine tests rely too much on animal models

Ultrafast West US network plan

August 4, 2015 A group of US West Coast university labs are to be linked into a new network called the Pacific Research Platform to make data sharing faster and more efficient. Read more at the New York Times.

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Home Office animal welfare stakeholder meeting

As part of its policy of collaboration with Government, industry and academia, FRAME regularly attends the Home Office Animal Welfare Stakeholder Meetings to share information and data. At the latest meeting Home Office officials warned that the report of statistics on procedures carried out on laboratory animals in the UK will be delayed this year [...]

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EU body publishes new testing strategy

17 July 2015 The EU Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL Ecvam), part of the Commission's Joint Research Centre, has just published a strategy calling for more integration of non-animal methods into testing. The strategy aims at reducing animal testing while improving the protection of human health from exposure to chemicals. More information at [...]

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Biocides Asia

15 July 2015 South Korea has recently issued threshold limits for a range of biocides. Its Ministry of Environment (MoE) has published a list of product safety and labelling standards for disinfectants, insect repellents and preservatives. A Priority Existing Chemicals (PEC) list was published on 1 July detailing 510 substances that must be registered before [...]

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Machine-made drugs

10 July 2015. Faster routes to new drugs. Using computers to speed up the drug discovery process. More at New Scientist.

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Stanford University makes stem cells available

8 July 2015. Stanford Cardiovascular Institute (SCVI) at Stanford University is offering researchers access to their growing collection of iPS cell lines as well as creating iPS cells from samples sent to them. More at Stanford Website.

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NHS to trial artificial blood

6 July 2015.  The NHS has announced plans to trial artificial blood on patients by 2017 - the first such clinical trials in the world. More information at The New Scientist.

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