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Science  06 Dec 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6470, pp. 1182-1185
DOI: 10.1126/science.366.6470.1182

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When a lab monkey reaches the end of a study, scientists typically euthanize it or transfer it to another project. But primate researchers are increasingly interested in a third option: sending their older monkeys to sanctuaries to live out their lives in a more natural setting. Many say it's the right thing to do. But retiring research monkeys can be onerous and expensive. At the same time, some in the biomedical community say sending monkeys to sanctuaries is a bad idea, because it can deprive scientists of critical data. All of this has left labs caught in the middle, struggling with whether they should retire their monkeys—and the best way to do it.

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