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Moving Chemical Testing Toward the 21st Century

Written by PETA | July 2, 2010

If you’ve been holding your breath waiting for the day when rats are no longer shoved into tiny containers and forced to breathe chemicals for six hours a day for up to 90 days in order to test chemicals and products such as cigarettes, asbestos, popcorn butter flavoring, jet fuel, and household stain removers, you are probably blue in the face by now. But you may be able to breathe a sigh of relief soon.

Scientists have developed a new apparatus called a lung-on-a-chip that can be used to replace these cruel chemical tests. This artificial lung can mimic the physiology of the organ and can even “breathe.”According to a story in New Scientist, the device, which behaves like a real lung, is an “encouraging sign that ethically acceptable and cheaper alternatives to animal testing may be on the way.”

PETA’s regulatory testing experts (or, as I call them, “really smart staffers”) are working hard to reform the government’s chemical testing practices and are trying to get government officials to implement modern technology like the lung-on-a-chip. You can help by urging your senators to require the use of alternatives to animal tests in government testing programs. It is the 21st century, after all.

Written by Heather Moore

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  • Andrea says:

    That’s wonderful.But we’ll stay ignorant of course until its too late.Like when people fist discovered alternative fuelswe just now started using them…billions of toxins in the air later.

  • Margarita says:

    I just learned that the monkey breding facility in Puerto Rico had the go ahead and it is already being built to which have to say that I am not too surprised because I didn’t see enough of an action by the people from Puerto Rico or animals organizations here.

  • Kalama Halamezad says:

    Without a doubt this is an important advancement in the field of in vitro simulation of human tissues….but even the scientists who developed the technology know it’s going to be awhile before its a viable alternative to testing in an actual organism. Plus how do you think they’ll validate the model?

  • maureen says:

    Well horray it is about time but then researchers will find fault with this to just as one of the researchers wrote on the “turn a smile upside down blog” But I am happy with the efforts being made to help animals from anymore torture.