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Cleaning Product Companies Use Innovative Methods to Reduce Animal Testing 

Researchers at the American Cleaning Institute, a trade association which represents cleaning product companies such as Clorox, Ecolab, and Unilever, saved more than 100,000 animals and $50 million by implementing alternative animal testing methods to assess the safety of their member companies’ products. Researchers evaluated 261 chemicals found in cleaning products using two methods: read-across and in silico (computer modeling). Both fill data gaps and provide hazard assessment predictions where there was limited information.

Tox21 Tests 10,000 Chemicals without Animals

The U.S. government’s Tox21 program, which uses robotics for large-scale in vitro toxicity screening of chemicals, recently tested 10,000 chemicals and concluded that in vitro test data performed better than animal tests in predicting human toxicity, according to a new paper published in the journal Nature Communications.

Chemical ‘Map’ Could Reduce Animal Testing

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have created a catalog of safety data on 10,000 chemicals that could be used to predict the toxicity of many of the 90,000 untested substances in consumer products.

New Chemical Testing Method Better than Animal Tests

A new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives describes a method to more effectively characterize how different individuals respond to chemical exposures, highlighting potentially sensitive individuals or populations that may require stricter controls on chemical use.

Human Cell Culture Can Predict Potential Toxicity of Drugs and Other Chemicals

Primary human cells can be used in place of animals to test environmental and industrial chemicals, according to a new paper published in Nature Biotechnology.

Computer-Based Testing Methods Reduce Animal Testing

Computer-based testing methods can lead to significant reductions in the use of animals in chemical testing