RESOURCES: Interior Design for Primates

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Science  14 Mar 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5613, pp. 1637e
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5613.1637e

Helping researchers improve the lives of apes and monkeys used in research is the goal of the Primate Enrichment Database, a bibliography listing more than 1800 papers, abstracts, books, and other sources of information. Hosted by the nonprofit Animal Welfare Institute, the database rounds up references—many full-text—on diversifying the animals' surroundings and diet. The site's authors have also written a photographic guide full of pointers for housing and studying rhesus monkeys. For instance, it isn't necessary to pinion or anesthetize animals to obtain a blood sample; they can usually be trained to offer up a leg. A parallel site provides more than 1100 references on the care of nonprimate lab denizens, from gerbils to snakes.

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