The relationship between animal rights organizations and the scientific community is often framed in adversarial terms. But over the past few years, organizations such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have sought a place in the scientific dialogue, by promoting the scientific merits of devising alternatives to animal testing. With both the U.S. and Europe modernizing chemical testing legislation, the field of toxicology is especially ripe for new techniques.
Amy Clippinger, associate director of the PETA International Science Consortium, serves as president of the In Vitro & Alternative Methods Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology (SOT)—the first PETA staff member to hold an executive position in the society. Alla Katsnelson talked to Clippinger about the changing landscape of acceptance for non-animal testing.
[Read the story at ACS Central Science / Chemical & Engineering News // July 12, 2016]