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Monkey facility in China lures neuroscientist

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Science  31 Jan 2020:
Vol. 367, Issue 6477, pp. 496-497
DOI: 10.1126/science.367.6477.496-b

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A prominent neuroscientist whose lab in Germany was targeted by animal rights activists is heading to China, where he says he will be freer to pursue his work on macaques and other monkeys. Nikos Logothetis, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, told colleagues last week that several group leaders from his department would move in the coming months to a new International Center for Primate Brain Research in Shanghai, which he will co-direct with neuroscientist Poo Mu-Ming, scientific director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences's Center for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligence Technology. Logothetis says he will follow as soon as remaining lab members have finished their projects, likely by late 2020 or early 2021. The China institute is building a new facility in the Songjiang district of the city, which will house as many as 6000 nonhuman primates, including many transgenic monkeys.

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