REU46: Can science do without animal testing?
The debate over banning experiments on animals in the EU gained considerable coverage in recent months. While the European Commission shares many citizens’ views that animal testing should be phased out, it is also mindful that if the ban comes too soon, the practice will just be moved to more permissive countries. This would only steer scientific innovation away from Europe without helping the cause of those who want to defend animals.
For these reasons a complete ban may not be immediately forthcoming however we are making impressive progress in the right direction. A marketing ban on cosmetics products tested on animals has already been imposed, and a total of EUR 250 million was invested under FP7 to develop viable alternatives. These efforts will be pursued under Horizon 2020.
This year many of these FP7 projects are bearing fruit. In December, the six FP7 projects comprised in the SEURAT-1 cluster — a EUR 50 million initiative focused on the cosmetics industry to improve in vitro testing and identify obstacles to its successful adoption — will come to an end. Early results from some of these projects are covered in the special section of this magazine, and other, non-SEURAT-1 projects are also discussed.
Other topics in this edition include the following highlights:
- Home-based brain-computer interfaces to enhance the lives of people with disabilities
- Investigating new practices of citizenship
- New biocomposite-based materials reduce buildings’ embodied energy by 50 %
- Discovering untapped value in Europe’s forests
- Technology that leaps out of the screen
- Start-up identifies market potential for flexible printed electronics
- Gas-phase analysis of individual nanoparticles
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