Will better toxicity testing sound death knell for animal experimentation?

By Wayne Carter, University of Nottingham

Well it won’t, completely, but it may go some way to reduce the number of animals used in drug development.  Drugs need to undergo extensive safety and toxicity testing before being made available to the public on the shelves of a pharmacy.

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Are we taking the epidemic nature of diabetes seriously enough?

By Debosree Pal, JNCASR, India

Dating back to around 1500 B.C, diabetes had found its first mention in Egyptian manuscripts. It was only much later, in the first century A.D. that the term diabetes meaning ‘siphon’ was coined by Aretaeus. Mellitus meaning ‘honey’ was coined by the British Surgeon-General John Rollo later in 1798 to refer to the high glucose content found in the urine of people with the condition.

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