Toxicity testing with cultured liver cells

Microreactor replaces animal testing

Research News /

Researchers all over Europe are working on alternatives to animal testing that can be used to evaluate the adverse side-effects of medications. But many of these test methods still present problems. A microreactor developed as part of an EU-funded collaborative research project enables cultured liver cells to be used as test samples. Unlike animal testing, this novel method enables the assessment of potentially toxic substances on tissue in real time. The new bioreactor is a first step towards reducing how much animal testing is required in drug development.