A.I. Can Reduce Animal TestingBy Dual-Shave | March 18, 2019 | Animal Cruelty-Free, News
Companies have been moving away from using animals for laboratory testing but some still use it. Not only is it cruel and inhumane, it is also unnecessary. For example, many companies in the beauty industry have proven that products can be tested without the use of animals. Dual-Shave is one of the few that refuse to test any of their products on animals. They have been certified as an Animal Cruelty-Free company. Using a third-party laboratory testing facility that tests on volunteered human subjects, Dual-Shave has taken the steps to ignite a change in not only the beauty industry but all industries still using animals as test subjects. Artificial intelligence is allowing more and more companies to move away testing on helpless creatures.
Replacing Lab Rats
Computers are able to take over the position of the lab rat in testing. Computerized testing has become possible due to Europe’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorizations and Restriction of Chemicals legislation. Being one of the first company worldwide to systematically log existing chemicals, they have increased safety testing information immensely. The quality of these tests on chemicals have proven more reliable than animal testing. Chemicals have been known react differently in animals and do not have consistent results. Now with better quality testing being discovered, companies can work hard to find alternative strategies to assess toxicity in a number of different compounds.
Big Data is proving to be more reliable than animal testing. A Ph.D student at John Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing has teamed up with Underwriters Laboratories to expand database and machine learning to predict toxic properties. Developing algorithms to analyze chemicals is there main focus. Their database holds around 10 million chemical structures that are placed on a map positioning them to determine if they are dangerous or harmless. Many mathematical calculations have made predicting toxicity possible. The Conversation provides a great example as to how the database can serve in place of animals. You can predict whether or not a chemical will irritate your eyes by using the computer program. It will not only compare information about similar chemicals that can irritate eyes but also find information about chemicals that irritate the skin as well. Normally if it irritates skin it can also be harmful to the eyes.
These discoveries in technology will help lead us into an animal cruelty free world. Companies like Dual-Shave are helping to take the first step and pledge against using inhumane methods. Stay tuned for the next article regarding more alternatives to animal testing.