Today (1st January), an article was published in The Guardian titled ‘”Animals don’t show how chemicals act in humans”‘.
‘… The approach to finding alternatives to animals in scientific procedures is widely referred to as the three Rs: replacement, refinement and reduction.
Practically speaking, this means trying to avoid the use of living animals, minimising the number used, and reducing their suffering and distress during any experiments …
In December, last year, the European commission launched an initiative named AXLR8, to identify promising areas of research that could lead to a refinement, reduction or replacement of animals in research …’
Read the article at www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/dec/31/animal-research-alternatives