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ACEA Biosciences to Study Cell Response to Toxins for EPA Chemical Library

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The Environmental Protection Agency has contracted ACEA Biosciences to classify potentially toxic chemicals for the EPA’s Toxcast Chemical Library, ACEA said today.
ACEA said the EPA has hired it to analyze and classify as many as 10,000 chemicals using its microelectronic cell-based assays for as long as 5 years.
ACEA CEO James O’Connell said the company will use its RT-CES system to “examine a number of important factors that relate to the status of the test cells as they are exposed to the potentially toxic materials.”
The assays will profile cell pathology and physiology as it responds to exposure to “potential and known environmental toxicants,” the company said.
The monetary value of the contract will depend on how many compounds ACEA tests over the term of the agreement, the company said.

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