Alternatives to animals in research is focus of new U.S. bill

The Humane Research and Testing Act aims to establish a National Center for Alternatives to Animals in Research and Testing within the National Institutes of Health. The bipartisan bill was introduced by Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL) with the goal of providing assistance, funding, and training to educate scientists in alternatives to the use of animals in research, and support for human-centered methods. The new National Center would also track the number of animals used in federally-funded research.

A virtual panel discussion, “21st Century Innovations in Alternatives to Animals in Biomedical Research,” included world-renowned primate expert Dr. Jane Goodall and other scientists speaking on recent scientific advancements that reduce the need for animal testing. The panel discussion, hosted by Citizens for Alternatives to Animal Research, is available to view.

To stay up-to-date on alternatives to the use of animals in research, and the progress of the Humane Research and Testing Act, check out the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing.