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Jonathan Dordick is using human cell cultures to test drugs to reduce the number of deaths from adverse drug reactions. Adverse drug reactions are a leading cause of death in the United States, deaths which are preventable with a better understanding of how drugs interact with the human body. Rigorous drug testing is required to ensure that drugs which may cause adverse reactions are eliminated before they are made available on the market. However, most drugs are tested on animals so results do not always correlate with human reactions to the same chemicals. Watch Professor Jonathan Dordick, Director, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, explain why drugs need to be evaluated on human cells to show how humans will react to them.