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To do so, Visimetrix is creating a device with which a number of reporter genes can be applied accurately to the skin of an anaesthetised animal, and that emit light when they react with a chemical.

Based on the difference in light intensities of the reporter genes, we can deduce the possible effect of the chemical to be tested. In doing so, Visimetrix is replacing the traditional testing method, which uses cells in bottles, by a more biologically-relevant model.