Cosmetic Industry: Medical Testing on Animals

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* Mariah: Every year, cosmetics companies kill millions of animals to test their products. * Brianna: Product testing is performed on animals to measure the levels of skin irritancy, eye tissue damage, and toxicity caused by substances used in the manufacture of cosmetics. * Mariah: tests involve general toxicity, eye and skin irritancy, photo toxicity and mutagenicity 1. Photo toxicity is a chemically generated skin irritation requiring light, the skin resembles in an exaggerated sunburn 2. Mutagenicity are chemicals administered in food or water but sometimes by dermal application Many mutagens are often used to destroy cancer cells.

* Brianna: Non-animal testing methods that are more reliable and less expensive have been developed. * Mariah: The use of human skin leftover from surgical procedures can be used to measure the rate at which a chemical is able to penetrate the skin. * Brianna: An embryonic stem cell test, using mouse-derived cells to test the toxicity of developing embryos, has been validated as a partial replacement for birth-defect testing in rats and rabbits. * Mariah: Many companies have always tested on animals and don’t have the vision to try a new and better way. * Brianna: It's unethical to sentence 100 million, thinking, feeling animals to life in a laboratory cage and intentionally cause them pain, loneliness, and fear. * Mariah: It's bad science. The FDA reports that 92 out of every 100 drugs that pass animal tests fail in humans * Brianna: scientists have developed humane, and effective non-animal research methods, including human-based micro dosing, human-patient simulators, and sophisticated computer modeling, that are cheaper, faster, and more accurate than animal tests. 1. Micro dosing is a technique for studying the behavior of drugs in humans through doses so low they are unlikely to produce whole-body effects, but high enough to allow the cellular response to be studied. *...
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