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Use of chimpanzees in research curtailed

Fri., Dec. 16, 2011, midnight

WASHINGTON – The National Institutes of Health said Thursday that it would curtail its use of chimpanzees in medical research, suspending new chimp research grants and agreeing to accept the recommendations of an outside panel that found the apes are “not necessary for most biomedical research.”

NIH Director Francis Collins said he’d decided to accept the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine, which had weighed in earlier Thursday on the contentious issue of whether chimps should be used to help medical researchers understand and combat human disease.

The panel decided that most of the time, the answer was no.

Animal rights activists generally cheered the institute’s report and the NIH’s reaction to it.


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