Scientists have developed a method of testing Botox on cells in a petri dish rather than live animals. And this could be part of a larger move away from animal testing.
According to the LA Times, Botox producer Allergan Inc. developed the test over the last 10 years, and the FDA just approved it last month. If it's approved in other countries too, it could reduce Allergan's dependence on animal testing by 95%. Before you scoff at the notion of testing Botox on animals at all, remember that it's used not just for wrinkles but for 21 other conditions, and is being tested for more, including asthma. And Botox isn't the only drug scientists hope to begin testing in a dish rather than on a living thing — one molecular biologist is developing a way to test drugs on liver cells grown in special tunnels, while another team is working on a technique to test for birth defects on stem cells.