Cell-based Assays of Ecotoxicity: An Alternative to Animal Testing
Why? “We produce over 70,000 chemicals that end up in freshwater ecosystems,” said Chris Vulpe, PhD, title at the University of California, Berkeley. “Worse, we don’t know the toxicity or potential environmental impact for the vast majority of these chemicals.”
Ultimate Goal According to Dr. Vulpe, current toxicity tests rely on expensive, slow, whole animal toxicity studies on many species, including fish. The current approach, he adds, is impractical and requires the use of whole animals to determine risks related to new and existing chemicals in fresh water ecosystems. He and his co-researchers have a better idea. “We intend to use cellular, high content cytoto ...
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