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  Computer program means less animal testing
Updated 06 June 2003, 20.46
There could be less animal testing in India soon
The number of animals used for medical testing in India may fall in the future after a new computer program was developed.

The software could help scientists reduce the number of animals they use by nearly 90%.

Now only two or three of the trials will use animals at India's Central Drug Research Institute, compared to between 20 and 30 in the past.

The computer tests the ingredients of the new drugs against four databases, each with information on a different kind of disease.

As well as being good for animals the new software is also going to be better for people too because it could take much less time to test a new drug.

The lab spends between 20 and 25 years to get each drug ready, but the scientists reckon the new software could cut that time in half.

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