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The National Centre for the 3Rs (NC3Rs) – an organisation dedicated to replacing, refining and reducing the use of animals in research and testing – has awarded its top prize for a research paper by a team from the Department of Computer of Science.

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The International 3Rs prize was awarded for research which developed original software which predicts the clinical risk of drug-induced side effects for the heart with higher accuracy than animal experiments.

The software’s computer (in silico) models use human data, rather than animal data: this improves how test results translate to humans and reduces the need for animal experimentation. Rather than a one-model-fits-all, this software uses a population-based approach, which is an important step towards personalised medicine.

Find out more (Department of Computer Science website)

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