New research from Durham University could help put an end to animal testing!
The department of Biosciences at the University has created a substance called Alvetex. This is a polystyrene scaffold which can be used to support the growth of human tissues in three dimensions, from cells cultivated in the laboratory.
This development allows for more realistic and accurate drug testing than in previous studies, which have relied on two-dimensional cell cultures in petri dishes.
Most importantly, this new substance will reduce the need for animal experimentation, a topic which was brought to light again last week after a new biomedical research centre opened up at Bristol University. Animal Justice Project gathered outside the building with striking placards and props making a stand and talking to the public about the amount of horrific animal torture going on in the University.
Professor Stefan Przyborski, of Durham University, suggested that the growth of three-dimensional cell cultures would ‘have benefits for the number of animals used in research’. Przyborski founded a business venture to commercialise Alvetex, which has recently opened a new European headquarters in Glasgow.
Current uses of the substance include studying the impact of the environment on synthetic human tissue; developing three-dimensional human tissue models from pre-existing two-dimensional models; and creating a model of the human intestine for further study of the impacts of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Click here to find out more about how Animal Justice Project are fighting to end animal experimentation in universities.
Hopefully this is the beginning of the end of this cruel form of animal torture.