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Lush Prizeopedia

More than simply opposing the cruel animal experimentation that goes on in the name of ‘science,’ Lush actively works to eradicate it.

One of the ways it does so is through the Lush Prize - a yearly, international awards ceremony that rewards and funds vitally important research into ending animal tests.

You’ll find articles across the Lush channels all about the pioneering work of scientists, researchers, lobbyists and trainers around the world.

Sound good, but your science brain is a bit rusty? Need a quick 101 on animal testing? That’s alright, so do we!

Below is a glossary to help you understand the outstanding Lush Prize winners’ work a little better.

And, if there’s something you need explained comment below and we’ll try our best to help.

Alternative Tests: Alternative tests are methods that reduce, refine, or replace the use of animals in experiments and research.

Animal Model: A non-human species used for experiments.

Cell: The smallest structural and functional unit of an organism. Each cell is designed to do a specific job in the body. Groups of different types of cells make up the human organs.

Chemical: A distinct substance or compound that can be purified or artificially created.

Clinical Trial: An experiment to test the safety of a type of therapy or drug.

In Silico: A test or experiment conducted by computer modelling or computer simulation.

In Utero: Something that occurs in a woman's uterus before birth.

In Vitro: A test or experiment performed in a test tube, petri-dish, or elsewhere outside a living organism.

In Vivo: A test or experiment performed in a living organism.

Physiology: A branch of biology that studies the normal functions of living organisms and their parts.

Pluripotent Cells: Self-replicating cells that are found in human embryos and fetal tissue. These cells have the ability to become almost any cell in the body.

Sensitisation: A negative or allergic reaction to a chemical after contact.

Toxicology: The branch of science concerned with investigating the nature and effects of poisons and chemicals.

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