The 'iCHIP' Offers a Cruelty-Free Alternative to Animal Testing

By: Laura McQuarrie - Jul 22, 2016
References: mercurynews & vegnews
'iCHIP' is the name of an experimental microchip that's being tested by researchers at California’s Lawrence Livermore Laboratory as an alternative to using living animals.

The iCHIP, also known as the "in-vitro Chip-based Human Investigational Platform," boasts the ability to replicate the cells of organs and tissues collected from human organ donors. These cells can be exposed to chemicals, toxins and electrical signals in order to measure the implications on the various systems of the human body over a series of several weeks.

As an alternative to animal testing, the iCHIP is said to be more cost-effective and yield more reliable test results. This microchip could have huge implications for our understanding of how the human body responds to certain chemicals, without the involvement of any live animals in lab testing.