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A Civil Conversation About Animals in Research

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Science  12 Mar 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5971, pp. 1315
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5971.1315

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In 2006, neuroscientist Dario Ringach of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), gave up his primate research after years of threats and harassment from animal-rights activists. After keeping a low profile for a few years, Ringach has recently begun speaking out about the benefits of animal research and against a spate of attacks on researchers at UCLA and elsewhere and co-organized a panel discussion among experts with differing views on animal research that was open to UCLA students and staff. Last week, Ringach spoke with Science about the event and the renewed attention he's gotten from animal-rights extremists.