Protozoa Bioassay Is Promising Alternative To Animal Testing Of Mascara
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Using protozoa instead of rabbits and other animals to test mascara for acute toxicity could be a viable and relatively inexpensive strategy for cosmetics firms, according to researchers at the University of Liverpool, who published a related study recently in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science.
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