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'Micro-Lungs' Could Bring An End to Animal Testing, Say Cardiff University Bioscientists

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Fusing liver and lung cells to create "micro-lungs" the size of a baby's fingernail could eventually eliminate the need for animal testing, scientists have claimed.


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Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday November 23, 2011, 8:26 pm
This is good news. We need to get away from the cruel animal testing.

Freya H (345)
Thursday November 24, 2011, 7:48 am
It will be a great day when we no longer need to use animals to test drugs, medical procedures, etc.

Roger G (148)
Thursday November 24, 2011, 12:18 pm
noted, thanks !

Michael L (1)
Thursday November 24, 2011, 4:06 pm
Noted, Thanks

Dany Strakova (123)
Thursday November 24, 2011, 4:10 pm

Tee O (10)
Thursday November 24, 2011, 4:12 pm
About time

Caitlin G (29)
Thursday November 24, 2011, 4:44 pm
Bring an end to animal testing? FUND THIS.

SUE Griffiths (26)
Thursday November 24, 2011, 7:47 pm
This is the best news I've heard in a long time. It's like a dream come true. I've been waiting for decades for this. And the icing on the cake for me, is that it's discovered by Cardiff University bioscientists. Cardiff being the Capital city of Wales. I'm so proud. I hope it's not too long before it's rolled out across the world. Now the European Union have no excuse for moving the deadline to 2013 for the end of testing on animals for cosmetics.

Yeshna B (13)
Thursday November 24, 2011, 8:28 pm
Noted, Thank You.

KS Goh (0)
Thursday November 24, 2011, 10:45 pm
Thanks for the article.

Jo Asprec (0)
Friday November 25, 2011, 2:06 am
Sounds like a wonderful breakthrough! Looking forward to its appllications.

Joe Shults (37)
Friday November 25, 2011, 5:46 am
Thanks and noted.

. (0)
Friday November 25, 2011, 9:54 am
I pray this will come to fruition. enough animals endure needless suffering.

Sue Matheson (79)
Friday November 25, 2011, 10:46 am

janet f (29)
Friday November 25, 2011, 2:33 pm
Long overdue.

Shirley H (49)
Friday November 25, 2011, 2:55 pm
Wonderful news, if true.
Shirley H.

jennifer t (41)
Friday November 25, 2011, 6:37 pm
There is no clinical/ scientific beneifit of animal experimentation and this has been the case now for in excess of 5 years

Gloria H (88)
Friday November 25, 2011, 6:38 pm
yesssssssssssssssssss! I'm donating my body to science or (to make a really interesting handbag-tattoos) wouldn't mind it at all if parts and pieces went into this project. Dead is dead, and this will help living animals and eventually help other humans to live a better life. Don't forget to sign donor cards!

Donna Hamilton (159)
Friday November 25, 2011, 8:31 pm
Fantastic news; can't happen soon enough!

Past Member (0)
Friday November 25, 2011, 11:03 pm
The sooner the better!

Carmen S (611)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 6:06 am
noted, thanks for sharing this good news

Elaine M (19)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 6:28 am
About time

Ruth C (87)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 6:41 am
Stop animal testing NOW, to many animals sadly said have suffered and died in experiments!!

Jill Vickerman (416)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 8:27 am
Thank you thank you thank you, just let it happen! what a day that will be!

barbara n (10)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 11:25 am
Evviva! I hope itwill work and will be available soon.

Anna Borsey (66)
Tuesday November 29, 2011, 10:59 am
"Dr BéruBé said testing in animals had proven to have a “high error rate” in indicating the efficacy of drugs treating lung conditions."

Then WHY, in the name of Heaven, are they STILL torturing animals in laboratories right across this planet?

"Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) is a contract animal-testing company founded in 1952 in England, with facilities in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire; Eye, Suffolk; New Jersey in the U.S., and Japan. HLS conducts tests on around 75,000 animals every year—including rats, rabbits, pigs, dogs, and primates—testing pharmaceutical products, agricultural chemicals, industrial chemicals, and foodstuffs on behalf of private clients worldwide. With over 1,600 staff, it is the largest such commercial operation in Europe.

Huntingdon has been campaigned against since 1999, when British animal rights activists set up Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), an international campaign to close the company down. The campaign was started after film shot secretly inside the company by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and later shown on British television, showed staff punching and laughing at the animals in their care. Since then the company has suffered a severe financial downturn and several of its staff and customers have been subject to direct action that has sometimes been illegal and even violent."

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 30, 2011, 7:05 am
Great news.

Simone Schomberg (23)
Thursday December 1, 2011, 3:13 am
Why animal experiments must be abolished
It is repeatedly asserted that animal testing would be necessary to ensure the products we use to make us safe and to find new treatments for sick people. Indeed, animal studies are not suitable to assess the effects and hazards of substances to humans. Meanwhile, more and more recognized scientists, politicians and citizens to keep animal testing does not deliver what they promise, and that the results are not easily transmitted to humans who can-the.
On the other side are animal-free in vitro methods are not only more reliable and cheaper than animal tests, but they have in comparison to animal studies is more meaningful for the people and they deliver truly relevant results. The animal-free research already offers an enormous variety of ways.
But a real paradigm shift coming. Still the animal study is considered the "gold standard" in research, animal experiments are still projects funded with billions of our tax dollars, while the modern non-animal research leads a shadowy existence.
This brochure addresses the question of why we do not test on animals, an overview of research opportunities without animals and dealing with the problems that have to cope with the introduction of scientific methods.
Every year around the world suffer and die at least 115 million1 animals in the laboratories of the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, universities and research institutions-those. In Germany there are 2.6 million mice, rats, monkeys, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other Tiere.2
The animals are poisoned, contaminated, infected, burned and mutilated, they are infected with viruses, bacteria and parasites, they must go hungry or thirsty, they are suffocated or electrocuted beaten, with these, infection, inflammation, heart attacks, seizures or cancer caused them-who put the electrodes in the brain, broken bones, eyes sewn, organs removed and replanted.
In animal studies, animals are reduced to measuring instruments, which are discarded after use. But animals are not machines. You can feel joy and sorrow, pain and fear and other emotions in a similar way as humans. Animals-the lei in a comparable situation even more than a man. People can use their position intellectually, reflect on the meaning. Hope and confidence to make a situation easier to bear. Animals do not understand, however, what happens to them. They are dull the pain and fear helpless.
Respect and respect for life, even before the animal must be the top bid, especially medical and scientific action be. Above all, not an end justify the means. Even if animal tests would have a benefit for the people, they should not be performed because it is morally impermissible to torture animals. Animals must be an independent fundamental right i.e., a right to a suffering-free life and relevant to their needs could be granted.
Animal experiments are dangerous
Results from clinical trials that take place mostly in middle-aged people are not transferable to children or old people, there are still differences between men and women.
If even the transfer of results from one person to another due to a problem of age-and gender-specific differences is how to create it results from rats and fish safety for humans?
Man is distinguished by the different species significantly in body composition, organ function and the metabolism of substances. The transferability of results from animal experiments to humans is very problematic.
As the effect of a new drug or a chemical substance in humans can be, on the basis of animal studies do not identify with the need for security. Does the new substance in humans as well as in animals? He looks different or even opposite? Only after a substance has been used in humans, can detect whether a person reacts in a similar manner to the animal. That despite this uncertainty, we rely on results from animal studies, has fatal consequences. The numerous, because of serious, often deadly side effects from medication withdrawn speak for themselves.

. (0)
Thursday December 1, 2011, 9:46 am
I pray...

Holly Lawrence (430)
Sunday December 4, 2011, 11:08 am
YESYESYES..stop animal testing - NOW!

Miles M (4)
Tuesday December 13, 2011, 4:01 pm
Agreed, by all means necessary, stop animal testing.
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