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Animal experiments have been the subject of criticism for quite some time. Whether it is the use of mice, rats, dogs or primates in biomedical research, the development of new drugs, the testing of cosmetics or safety studies in consumer protection, the tenor is the same and the call for alternative test systems that do not require the use of laboratory animals is getting louder and louder. The ethical dilemma of using live animals to gain scientific knowledge is no longer the only issue, but also the transferability of such animal-derived results to humans.

In this week, our head of the 3R-Center business unit Dr. Silke Keller writes about adequate alternatives to animal testing in the Fraunhofer IPA’s Biointelligence blog.