Health & Beauty
This Breakthrough May End Animal Testing in Cosmetics
Researchers have found a better way to test makeup
The test, called Skimune™, works by extracting skin cells from humans and replicating the cells, which can be tested for adverse reactions to pharmaceutical or cosmetic ingredients. The test not only spares animals, the results of skin tests are more accurate than animal testing, according to Professor Ann Dickinson from the Institute of Cellular Medicine.
Dickinson has worked 20 years to perfect this method, and told fellow scientists at a conference in Brussels (where she presented the research) that the breakthrough is also faster than the old mice-based system, showing results in just two weeks for most cases.
The Newcastle researchers are also working to create tests for individuals, which would produce personalized results for drug and cosmetic reactions.
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