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An End To Animal Testing

Posted: 14 November 2012

Alan Faulkner-Jones from Heriot Watt University who has created a process to manufacture human liver tissue

A Heriot Watt University team of bioengineers has created a process for manufacturing human liver cell tissue, which will end the need for animal testing.

Above: Alan Faulkner-Jones from Heriot Watt University who has created a process to artificially manufacture human liver cells. And below: Alan with Dr Will Shu.

Dr Will Shu and Alan Faulkner-Jones from Heriot Watt University who developed the technology to manufacture artificial human liver tissue

The technology – essentially a ‘breeder’ box (see picture below) – developed by Dr Will Shu and his team, ‘prints’ 3D layers of liver tissue. In the near future this is expected to fast-track the development of drugs, and in the longer term end the need for testing on animals as human tissues are more accurate test models for human drugs.

Alan Faulkner-Jones with a 'printer' which manufactures human liver tissue

A commission for Heriot Watt University / Pagoda Public Relations and published in Scotland on Sunday, Metro and the Daily Express.

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