can we prosper without research on chimps? we are about to find out


Last week, a new study reported that chimpanzees show a sense of fairness previously attributable mostly to humans.

Under recommendations issued to the National Institutes of Health yesterday, most such studies of chimpanzees would be stopped.

All but about 50 of the 451 chimpanzees owned or supported by the NIH would be retired and moved to sanctuaries, if NIH director Dr. Francis S. Collins puts the council’s recommendations into effect after a 60-day comment period. The housing for the 50 chimps that would be maintained for possible future research would be upgraded to meet specific criteria within five years.

via (Touch Me!)


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