US Lab to Reduce Biomedical Testing on Chimpanzees

A major U.S. government laboratory is planning to dramatically reduce the number of chimpanzees it will use for biomedical research because “new scientific methods and technologies have rendered their use in research largely unnecessary.”

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) say it plans to keep, but not breed, 50 chimpanzees for biomedical research while retiring the rest. The chimpanzees that could be retired could eventually join more than 150 already in the Federal Sanctuary system, …

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