NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Aug 20, 2012) - For years, activists have exposed inhumane animal testing that drug and cosmetic manufacturers undergo to determine the safety of their products. As a result, many companies such as skin care brand Nue Science have prescribed to animal-free testing as part of the highly-regulated Leaping Bunny Program. Through strict examination performed by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics, this program has ensured that participating laboratories and suppliers all over the world are truly avoiding cruel testing procedures. While these efforts have remained beneficial to the cause of animal rights protection, a recent article from The Daily Mail discusses a new breakthrough in product testing that could provide a much more effective substitute for animal testing methods.
The article explains that British researchers are currently working on a $45M project to provide a foundation for "organ chip" testing. Described to be about the size of a small computer memory stick, the "clear plastic chips contain tiny hollow channels lined with living human cells" and are designed to mimic different parts of the human body. The "Tissue Chip for Drug Testing" program -- supported by the National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency -- offers two major benefits. The chips are expected to help discover crucial risks of new products that may not always be detectable in rodent testing, and are also marketed as a safe alternative to cruel animal testing practices.
In support of the organ chip testing, Nue Science responded in a recent press statement, "The more humane way of doing something is always the right way. All treatments that bring harm to animals should be avoided if possible." The article adds that other animal welfare activists in both the UK and U.S. are supportive of the new research. Scientific advisor Dr. Katy Taylor tells The Daily Mail, "This is an exciting example of how modern-day innovation can produce a humane and more reliable approach to understanding the inner workings of human disease without the need for animal suffering."
Although the organ chip is still in its preliminary phase, Nue Science notes that it is still possible to avoid animal testing. The company notes that cosmetic companies can always subscribe to testing procedures that are endorsed by the Leaping Bunny Program. Consumers, on the other hand, can simply do more research about the testing methods of their favorite brands and choose only those that are cruelty-free.
Nue Science Cell Revival is a complete topical anti-aging system designed by a team of skincare professionals including Lovely Laban, ARNP, an authority in the fields of aesthetics and cosmetic dermatology. Cell Revival is formulated to prevent and repair common symptoms of aging including wrinkles, brown spots and sagging skin.