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Research in Limbo as Harvard Moves to Close Center

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Science  03 May 2013:
Vol. 340, Issue 6132, pp. 535
DOI: 10.1126/science.340.6132.535

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Harvard Medical School abruptly announced last week that it is closing a major primate research center that has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for 50 years. Although the center had been under investigation for its handling of animals, Harvard said that it is closing the center within 2 years because the outlook for federal research funding is bleak. Many in the small community of researchers who work with nonhuman primate research were dismayed, noting that their colleagues will have to find new homes for their projects, slowing work on AIDS and other diseases.