Computer-Based Testing Methods Reduce Animal Testing

The Physicians Committee

Computer-Based Testing Methods Reduce Animal Testing

May 13, 2014

A new scientific review from the Physicians Committee's Director of Regulatory Testing, Kristie Sullivan, M.P.H., shows that computer-based testing methods have led to significant reductions in the use of animals in chemical testing.

QSAR (Quantitative Structure Activity Relationship) methods use a chemical's structure to predict its toxicity and quickly give companies and government agencies information about the potential risks of chemicals.

The review offers an inspiring look at the career of a late QSAR pioneer and recommends specific actions stakeholders can take to work toward replacing animal tests completely.


K.M. Sullivan, J.R. Manuppello & C.E. Willett (2014): Building on a solid foundation: SAR and QSAR as a fundamental strategy to reduce animal testing, SAR and QSAR in Environmental Research, DOI: 10.1080/1062936X.2014.907203

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