PETA is happy. But will the chemical industry? That remains to be seen.

What we have here is

a collaboration between two NIH institutes and the EPA to use the NIH Chemical Genomics Center’s high-speed, automated screening robots to test suspected toxic compounds.

and this represents

a shift away from traditional animal testing towards alternative methods based on a modern understanding of human biology for more than 40 years.

I’d like to see them run these lab tests on chemicals for which animal testing data exists. Then they could perhaps develop correlations based on various chemical properties and structural elements. Toxicology may be taking a real leap forward here.