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Animal Testing Alternative Wins Major Design Award

Human-like microchips that replicate the function of human organs could replace animal testing.

Human Organs-on-Chips, a new microdevice that replicates the functions of human organs, was crowned Design of the Year by London’s Design Museum last week. The USB-sized devices—developed by Harvard University’s Wyss Institute—are lined with human cells that mimic the physiological functions of organs. A viable replacement for animal testing, the chips can be used to test cosmetics, drugs, consumer products, environmental toxins, and more. Organs-on-Chips, which triumphed over Google’s self-driving car and ocean clean-up technology in the design competition, is expected to reduce and perhaps replace the usage of animals in pre-clinical and product tests.

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IKEA to Debut Vegan Hot Dog at Boston Music Festival

The furniture superstore's newest plant-based food option will make its first appearance at music festival Boston Calling this weekend before expanding to IKEA locations nationwide this fall.
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Paul McCartney: "Meat-Free Is the New Rock and Roll"

McCartney reminisces about a time when meatless entreés meant a plate of steamed vegetables and believes that in 25 years, vegetarian diets will be the norm.
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Impossible Burger is Now Certified Kosher

The Orthodox Union deemed the plant-based patty kosher, broadening Impossible Burger's customer base to include those with religious dietary restrictions.
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Residents to Sue Iowa Over Hog Factory Farm Emissions

Factory farms in the largest hog-producing state in the United States are under fire for spewing toxic, ammonia-filled air into local communities.
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Oat-Based Milk Brand Launches Vegan Ice Cream Line

Swedish vegan milk brand Oatly debuts five flavors of oat-based ice cream.
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This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

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