According to a news article, “Scientists at Heriot-Watt University are working towards creating the world’s first artificial human livers for drug testing to drastically cut the number of live animals used and get life-saving medicines into the clinic faster.”
By advancing work such as being done at the Heriot-Watt University, fewer laboratory animals will find themselves being used as test subjects. In addition, “If successful, this technology will enable drug developers to test using human organ models at a much earlier stage. It should highlight drug failures well before they reach the clinic and help target resources towards the most promising new drug candidates.”
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Professor Steve Chapman
Principal and Vice-Chancellor
UK EH14 4AS