Go back

Primate shortage ‘undermining US biomedical research’


Shortage threatens National Institutes of Health’s ability to support most promising research, report warns

A shortage of non-human primates for use in research is undermining biomedical science in the United States, a report has warned.

Non-human primates, such as rhesus macaques, baboons and marmosets, are used for public health research because of their similarities to humans; there are currently no alternatives that can fully replace them. They represent 0.5 per cent of the vertebrates used in US biomedical research and have contributed to breakthroughs for conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine said in a report on 4 May.

This article is only available to Research Professional News subscribers. If you are a subscriber you can read the article in full on researchprofessional.com

Pivot-RP users can log in and view the article via this link.