When we take a pill, put on makeup, or purchase a new sofa, we usually take it for granted that these products are safe for us. The confronting reality is that for decades, our safety has largely relied on drugs and cosmetics and household chemicals being tested on animals.
But do we need to test on animals as much as we still do? Few of us would now argue that our vanity should be at the expense of animals, but what about testing for drug safety? Are there viable alternatives to animal testing? And how should product researchers and government regulators change their processes if the alternatives to animal testing are as good as, or perhaps even better than, the tests we conduct on animals?
I was recently joined on Up Close by Professor Thomas Hartung. Professor Hartung is a pharmacologist, a toxicologist and a world leader in the development of alternatives to animal testing. He is Director of the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland. Listen to the podcast, or read the transcript here.