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Panel Backs Joint Bion Mission

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Science  12 Jul 1996:
Vol. 273, Issue 5272, pp. 175
DOI: 10.1126/science.273.5272.175


An independent task force has recommended that NASA continue to participate in a space life sciences program with Russia that has drawn fire from animal-rights activists and some members of Congress. The panel praised the quality of the research and dismissed accusations that the effort mistreats rhesus monkeys and is of dubious scientific value. At the same time, it suggested that NASA look at the ethical issues raised by the use of animals in all its life sciences research before participating in a second flight.