[US News & World Report - opinion]
I have seen the future of biotechnology and it is an
animal-cruelty-free era. Over the weekend, the Physicians Committee
for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) gave its Henry J. Heimlich Award (he
of the famed Heimlich maneuver) for Innovative Medicine to a
researcher who spearheaded use of human tissue for drug testing and
Asterand uses lab-grown human tissues that are used to test drugs for
humans, rather than animals ranging from mice and rats to primates.
The beauty of the tests is that they produce much more reliable
results while helping to bring promising new drugs to market much more
When you think about it, drug testing and research on animals are
Bravo for lauding efforts to help people and animals simultaneously.