For all of the animal activists in the world, good news is coming down the scientific pipeline because human skins may soon replace the need for testing products on animals. In July of 2010, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which is an organization that sets the guidelines on chemical safety for the 32 countries that fall under the group’s membership, OECD three laboratory grown human skins that can replace the need for animal testing.
If you are not already in the know, the primary use of animal testing in the chemicals arena is to ensure that the chemicals used in common household cleaning products, for instance, do not adversely affect or irritate the human skin. While most scientists, or humans in general, would probably not agree to testing these chemicals on human skin attached to the human, testing the chemicals on human skin that is not attached to a human is ideal. It can help scientists to reach even more accurate conclusion than testing the same chemicals on animal skin.
After all, nothing reacts more like human skin than human skin.
While the European Union brought animal testing to halt in 2009, the U.S. has not yet followed suite, although attempts have been made to make it so.
Even though using laboratory grown human skin can help to replace the animals being used for testing, experts say that it is not the panacea quite yet. The new human skin can replace some of the need for animal testing, but the “in vitro skin” is not at the point where it can completely replace the need for animal testing. It is a step in the right direction though and as science continues to advance, it is possible and probable that one day human grown skin will be the only thing used for testing chemical reactions to household products, makeup and other health and beauty products.