Artificial Corneas Can Save Animals’ Eyes

The National Humane Education Society


Paws Up!
To Japanese researchers for seeing an end to using animals in cosmetic testing.

Testing cosmetic products on animals, most often rabbits, has run into roadblocks in both the European Union and India. And now, maybe a permanent roadblock has been created in a laboratory in Japan.

According to a news story, a senior researcher at the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Toshiaki Takezawa, said that “apart from the cruelty involved, animal testing is unsustainable in the long-term because of the physiological differences between animals and humans. He says his research could be applied to simulate cells in any part of the human body, from the skin to internal organs, leaving animals out of the process entirely.”

The eye irritancy test, also known as the Draize test, involves placing liquid chemicals directly into the eye of an animal to determine if the substance will irritate or damage…

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