In case you didn’t know, the US Senate just passed the FDA Modernization Act 2.0, S.5002. If enacted, this would allow for nonclinical tests such as cell-based assays, microphysiological systems, or bioprinted or computer models to be used and can include methods such as human iPSC derived cells.
In vivo models have been the standard for testing for decades and while they do offer a great deal of information, they take a high toll on animal life – animals that often lack significant similarities to human physiology. The effort scientists have put into tweaking and humanizing animal models for more accurate results, can now justifiably be redirected to improving in vitro models.
The move away from animal for testing, and towards animal-free in vitro models is a game changer for drug development and research in general. We think research should strive to embrace more modern techniques, like the use of human iPSC-derived cells.
In vitro, coupled with in silico work, not only spares countless animal lives, but could deliver more accurate, more reliable results in understanding drugs and disease.
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