Chemical safety assessment without animal testing
The EU aims to promote alternative methods to animal testing. EU-funded PrecisionTox proposes 'precision toxicology', a novel scientific approach establishing causation between chemicals and their adverse health effects. The project focuses on human cell lines and a diverse suite of biomedical model organisms, i.e. fruit flies, water fleas, round worms and embryos of zebrafish and frogs, which share many genes with humans by evolution. These 3Rs compliant, cost-effective testing models enable the mapping of origins of toxicity pathways on the branches of the animal evolutionary tree to predict health risks to humans. By providing data where the toxicity of substances is unknown, PrecisionTox will ultimately translate into regulatory and industrial practices that better protect human health and the environment.
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Funding SchemeRIA - Research and Innovation action