Animal testing is cruel, painful and outdated.
With concerns being raised by animal rights activists and organizations across the world for putting an end to animal testing, researchers are now busy finding out alternatives to animal testing. Not only could these alternative methods really work, but they could also give much faster and better results than before. It’s a win-win for everyone!
Thanks to the advancement of science and technology, it has now been possible to formulate certain techniques that can stop animal testing once and for all.
Below are a few commonly suggested alternatives to animal testing that are being used by laboratories and manufacturers right now.
The Many Alternatives to Animal Testing
Ever since animal testing first began, there have been many scientists working on finding alternatives. As technology improves over the years there are always exciting new alternatives being invented. From technical simulations to advanced modeling, no technique is out of bounds.
Biologists have succeeded in creating organs on a chip that can be effectively used for clinical trials. Cells of all types are produced in the laboratories and they are cultured so as to grow mini 3D human organs. These are then introduced to different pathogens, diseases and chemicals accordingly as the need be. As these cells (or mini organs) are replicas of the human organs, these test results are even more accurate than animal testing results.
Much similar to cell cultures, this process involves the collection of human tissues from different volunteers. Once enough human tissue is collected these are then used for the scientific trials. The most commonly acquired tissue are skin tissues that are then used to reconstitute different human body parts that need to be tested for reactions to particular chemicals and compounds. Most of these are commonly used in the cosmetic industry. This prevents animals from the insufferable pain that they experience when exposed to a plethora of chemicals.
In Silico Modeling
Technological advancements of the century have enabled humans to create virtual replicas of their various body systems and how they would react to different tests. Though improvements are still being made in this industry, the recent progress is enough to be among the alternatives to animal testing. In the years to come the results will only get better and better, thus helping to reduce animal testing altogether.
To get almost the best results, scientists and researchers now prefer using human volunteers who are used for testing instead of animals. These volunteers are given micro dosages of the drugs to be tested and the entire progress is closely monitored. Using advanced biotechnological processes including fMRI, scientists can monitor the effects of the drugs without ever to harm an animal. This way, hundreds and thousands of animals are saved from being killed due to brain injury or damage.
Scientists have even been able to create human simulators that though being inanimate behave exactly like humans. They fall ill, contact diseases, suffer and may even die if not treated properly. These simulators can be easily used by physiologists for testing out new drugs as well as old drugs in a new way without harming any life form.
These alternative testing techniques come with a number of benefits
- No harm to innocent animals.
- No unnecessary cruelty.
- Opportunity to test products and drugs without violating animal rights.
- Use of advanced technology.
- More accurate and appropriate results.
- Human-like test conditions that relate very closely to actual situations.
- No ambiguous results.
- No chances of any flaws due to different reactions.
So, it is high time that alternative techniques are more rapidly developed and brought into use to bring an end to cruelty towards animals. As you can see we already have plenty of alternatives to animal testing, but who knows what the future will bring. Ultimately technology should eradicate the need for animal testing, saving millions of animals lives every year.