A high-speed robotic screening system jointly initiated by the key US health agencies, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), began testing more than 10,000 chemical compounds for potential toxicity.
The project will develop, validate and translate innovative, high-throughput chemical testing methods to characterize key steps in toxicity pathways. It aims to improve how chemicals, including many consumer products, food additives and pharmaceuticals, are tested for safety. All of the information is being made public and can be downloaded.
The testing will take place in the Tox21 robotic screening system at the NIH Chemical Genomics Center in Rockville, Maryland, US, which is part of the agency’s National Human Genome Research Institute.
- US agencies collaborate to test 10,000 chemicals,