Gallery: New Technique Could Allow Lab Mice to be Replaced with Neurons...


The University of Wisconsin-Madison has developed a technique that could allow tissue grown from human stem cells to replace lab mice in experiments with Botulinum toxin. The toxin — which is regarded by scientists to be the most dangerous toxin to humans — is used to treat neurological disorders, muscle spasms, cervical dystonia, uncontrollable sweating, chronic migranes, and is popularly used in cosmetic procedures under the more widely recognized name, Botox. The research procedure developed by the university will allow for the testing of drugs without the need to experiment on animals to determine safety.

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