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Vaccine Studies Stymied by Shortage of Animals

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Science  11 Feb 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5455, pp. 959-960
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5455.959

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The National Institutes of Health doesn't know how many Indian rhesus macaques its researchers need, nor how many are available. That's a big problem for AIDS researchers, because the macaques provide the only good animal model researchers have for testing vaccines, measuring the toxicity of various drugs, and exploring the disease's progression. The shortage of rhesus macaques has highlighted the need for scientists to become more involved in breeding them.