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Diabetes Watch Blog: Cruelty-Free Product Development

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Dec 22, 2005

Cruelty-Free Product Development

Cruelty-Free Product Development
Amid mounting concerns about the ethics and limitations of animal use in laboratories, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) announced today that it has developed a diagnostic test used to measure insulin levels in diabetes patients. Linco Research, Inc., a leading manufacturer of testing supplies based in St. Charles, Missouri, is now marketing the test internationally. The announcement of the new test comes just weeks after European Union officials and industry groups issued a joint declaration pledging to reduce the use of animals in laboratories.

PCRM initiated development of the assay in 2002 after launching a clinical trial examining the effects of a low-fat vegan diet on diabetes. The only insulin test kits on the market at the time used two cruelly derived animal ingredients-fetal calf serum, a slaughterhouse byproduct that can harbor bacteria and viruses, and cells incubated in the abdomens of live mice, a painful procedure banned in several European countries but still legal in the United States. No one had ever manufactured an insulin assay kit without the animal serum, and numerous laboratories told PCRM it couldn't be done.

The resulting alternative, one grown in a synthetic medium, proved to be as accurate as the existing insulin testing method, and costs the same. Linco has begun manufacturing the animal-serum-free kit and offers it to researchers in the United States and abroad. The cruelty-free kit is expected to sell particularly well in Europe, where laboratories are concerned about bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) being transmitted in animal serum.

JoAnn      



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Type-2 Diabetes
Type-2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, accounting for 90% of cases diabetes. This disease affects nearly 17 million Americans and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Even though 17 million Americans have type-2 diabetes only half of these people are aware that they have diabetes. The death rate in patients with diabetes may be up to 11 times higher than in persons without the disease. The occurrence of diabetes in persons 45 to 64 years of age is 7 percent, but the proportion increases significantly in persons 65 years of age or older. Type-2 diabetes accounts for more than 90% of all diabetes worldwide.

Diabetes Watch Blog: Cruelty-Free Product Development

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