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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A project involving Indiana University researchers was awarded $23.3 million from the European Commission to shape chemical safety regulation without the use of animal testing.

U is part of a consortium of European and U.S. organizations called PrecisionTox, led by the University of Birmingham in the U.K., that received the award. PrecisionTox, short for precision toxicology, aims to protect human health from the toxic effects of chemicals found in people’s homes, food and the environment.

“We live in a world that relies on chemicals. We cannot just get rid of them, but with sufficient understanding of their effects, we can learn to make better decisions about how we interact with them,” said Joseph Shaw, associate professor and associate dean for research in the top-ranked O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

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