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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:58 AM

The U.S. Will Retire Most of the Chimpanzees Used for Research

The Atlantic Wire
Abby Ohlheiser 5 hours ago

Citing "new scientific methods and technologies" rendering the use of chimpanzees in research almost but not quite unnecessary, the National Institutes of Health announced their intention to retire all but 50 of the chimps they have on hand for research, out of a total of nearly 360. The NIH's press release explains:

"NIH plans to retain but not breed up to 50 chimpanzees for future biomedical research...The chimpanzees designated for retirement could eventually join more than 150 other chimpanzees already in the Federal Sanctuary System."

There's a balance considered by scientists who do research on chimps that, for the NIH, seems to be tipping more and more towards the reduction of the use of the primates, who are genetically similar to humans. On the one hand, there's the usefulness of a genetically similar model to humans for experimentation. On the other hand, there are a host of ethical concerns. Taking the latter into account, the bar set for experimenting on chimpanzees is based on an earlier report by the Institute of Medicine. It governs experiments that would cause harm or mental stress to the animals. Essentially, those experiments will be allowed to use chimps if no alternatives exist, and the research is deemed important enough, a relatively narrow window.

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Response to Live and Learn (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:59 AM

1. Good News indeed

overdue in my opinion, but I guess better late than not at all.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 06:28 AM

2. Agreed. nt

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Response to Live and Learn (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:36 AM

3. I saw this on the evening news last night. It

 

was something to see the expressions on chimpanzees faces and eyes looking at the outdoors for the first time. One chimpanzee wouldn't adventure anywhere without one hand touching the cement wall.

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