Those who long have been critical of using rodents to test for human cancer were pleased recently to see our government move to different, more scientific procedures. Comments Dr. Gilbert Ross of the American Council on Science and Health: “At long last, federal risk assessors have come around to the view that administering chemicals to rodents in super-high doses does not reliably predict human cancer risk. Both the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency say they plan to shift from testing chemicals on animals to testing chemicals on cells using automated screening robots. Whether this is an improvement remains to be seen, but dispensing with the rodent studies is something all agree is long overdue.”

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