Lab Mice Might Become A Thing Of The Past

Scientists at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a small laboratory-in-a-box capable of housing and feeding a colony of C. elegans nematodes (roundworms) and testing the effects of cosmetics, drugs, and other substances to determine their toxicity to living organisms in an automated, easy-to-manage process. EPFL helped create Nagi Bioscience, the company commercializing the technology, which has already placed functioning prototypes in notable labs around Europe.

Click here to learn more about this laboratory innovation from EPFL News. Syndicated from The Doctor’s Channel.

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