Nanotech Research May Help Reduce Need for Animal Testing

Monkeys, rats, and their human friends around the world are applauding researchers at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Modular Solid State Technologies EMFT in Munich today. The EMFT team announced yesterday that they may have found an alternative to animal testing.

Their research looks at using nanosensors to help decrease the need for experiments that involve the use of animals. While the applause may be justified, a standing ovation would be premature. As the researchers point out, “…before this procedure can be applied, it must first be approved by the regulatory authorities.”

Our nanosensors allow us to detect adenosine triphosphate and determine the state of health of cells. This makes it possible to assess the cell-damaging effects of medical compounds or chemicals.”

— Dr. Jennifer Schmidt, Fraunhofer Research Institution for Modular Solid State Technologies

What do you think? Considering the increasing speed of technical advances, should regulatory authorities expedite their approval processes?

Learn more at http://www.fraunhofer.de/en/press/research-news/2012/january/fewer_animal_experimentsthankstonanosensors-researchnewsjanuary2.html

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