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New and unique: "NAT-Database" database for animal-free research

Animal-free methods amaze and deliver brilliant results. Today, not only ¾ of citizens from 12 EU countries are calling for the withdrawal from animal experiments (most recent representative survey; June 2020), but even the EU Animal Testing Directive stipulates this goal. But the number of animal experiments remains high and the animal experiment lobby still has the reins in hand. In Germany, for example, over 99% of public funding goes into animal experiments, and less than 1% goes into modern animal-free research. And this even though there is sufficient evidence in the area of ​​drug testing alone that 95% of the potential drugs tested “successfully” in animal experiments do not pass clinical trials on humans; they fail because of insufficient effectiveness or undesirable, often fatal, side effects.

Successful and future-proof: animal-free research

Animal-free methods are now booming worldwide. The first countries such as the USA and the Netherlands are working on plans to withdraw from animal experiments. Whether high-tech cell culture processes with so-called multi-organ chips, 3-D bioprinting or computer simulations - in the last 10 years countless animal-free processes and technologies have been developed in the fields of medicine and life sciences. Keeping an overview is practically impossible at the moment. Many scientists also do not know which animal-free options exist for their research field. Since not even the federal government provides a current overview and information portal, the non-profit association Doctors Against Animal Experiments (AegT) this is now taken into my own hands. His latest major and long-term project has been in the world since the end of July 2020: NAT-Database (NAT: Non-Animal Technologies), a database on animal-free research methods. It started with 250 entries on processes that have been developed worldwide, with more being added continuously. The database is freely accessible and in German and English so that everyone can find out about this innovative research.

This is what the NAT database offers

The team of scientists from Doctors Against Animal Experiments researches, evaluates specialist publications and then creates the entries: a summary of the method as well as information about the developer / inventor and the source. There are various search options, targeted keyword searches as well as filter options, e.g. by subject area or research model . Anything found can be "taken away" as a PDF file or as an export to a CSV or XML file so that you can then continue processing your search. The database enables:

-Scientists worldwide get information about current developments in a certain research field and make contacts, e.g. for the purpose of cooperation or learning a certain method.-Authorities specifically identify methods that are not tested on animals - which should be used, for example, in applications for permits instead of animal tests.-Insights into politicians regardless of statements from the animal testing lobby - crucial to ultimately driving the end of animal testing. - Learn the public about the variety of great cruelty-free practices.“Research is important - animal experiments are the wrong way!” Is the maxim of doctors against animal experiments and works competently and persistently for the benefit of humans and animals for modern, humane medicine and science without animal experiments.



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