In DepthBiomedical Research

An end to U.S. chimp research

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Science  27 Nov 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6264, pp. 1013
DOI: 10.1126/science.350.6264.1013

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Last week, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it is ending its support for invasive research on chimpanzees. NIH Director Francis Collins said that a colony of 50 chimps it had planned to keep in reserve for research—after retiring the rest—is no longer needed. NIH also made clear that it will no longer fund invasive studies on any other chimps. The move pleased groups that have pushed to end the use of chimpanzees in biomedical research. But some researchers expressed disappointment, noting that the colony was intended to be available in case chimps were needed as a research model in the future.