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Alternatives in Toxicology

ByPaul A. Locke, Alan M. Goldberg

Alternatives in toxicology are broadly defined as toxicological and/or pharmacological tests or experimental approaches that alone or in combination (i) do not utilize animals, or replace the use of higher species animals with lower species animals to obtain equivalent or better scientific information, (ii) utilize fewer animals to produce equivalent or better scientific results than did previous animal-intensive testing, and (iii) minimize pain and distress to experimental animals. Alternatives have a distinguished history within toxicology (1). An informal survey of papers and posters presented at scientific meetings indicates that substantial scientific resources are devoted to the development and use of alternatives (2).