These computer simulations  in a “virtual human” are a faster, cheaper and effective alternative to animal experiments. They could replace animal testing for heart drugs in labs, and reduce the need for their testing in the future.

Credit: Getty Images The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation , an online publication covering the latest research. Safety is imperative before new medicines are given to patients—which is why drugs are tested on millions of animals worldwide each year to detect possible risks and side […]

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