January 23, 2013

NIH Told to Retire Most Research Chimps

Meredith Wadman, Nature News


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The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) should dismantle a decades-old colony of 360 chimpanzees, retiring all but roughly 50 of the animals to a national sanctuary, the biomedical agency was told on 22 January in a long-awaited report.

The report, from a working group of external agency advisors, also counsels the NIH to end about half of 21 existing biomedical and behavioural experiments, saying they do not meet criteria established in a December, 2011 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report.

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TAGGED: Animal Research, Chimpanzee, National Institute Of Health

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