Since 2012, the Lush Prize supports animal-free testing. In 2015, one of the several awarded researchers was the Brazilian biologist Bianca Marigliani from The Federal University of Sao Paulo. She found a way to replace the use of fetal bovine serum, obtained from bovine fetuses during slaughter of pregnant cows. It is the most common animal-derivative used as medium supplement to several kind of researches. Beyond the ethical problems, the uses of this bovine serum can also misleading results concerning allergic reactions. The work of Marigliani proposes that the serum can be replaced by in vitro methods without animal suffering.
This work shows that the scientific research can, at the same time, preserve animals from suffering and improve the quality of biological products.