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Schizophrenia Clues From Monkeys

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Science  15 Aug 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5328, pp. 900
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5328.900

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By giving vervet monkeys the drug phencyclidine (PCP)--also known as "angel dust"--researchers, in a Report in this week's Science, have mimicked some of the cognitive deficits that afflict schizophrenia patients. Studies of these monkeys may help clarify why schizophrenia-related problems arise and could also aid in evaluating therapies for improving cognitive function.