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Exploring The Implications Of NIH's Chimpanzee Decision

OPB | July 2, 2013 12:06 p.m. | Updated: Sept. 11, 2013 1:02 a.m.

The National Institutes of Health announced it plans to retire most of the chimpanzees it uses in research. Part of the reason the NIH sited was their similarity to humans and the fact that chimps in captivity are listed as threatened, with their wild counterparts are listed endangered. The agency says it will retain 50 chimps for study but it will not breed them and it will reevaluate that policy in five years.

The Northwest is home to two of the eight members of the North American Sanctuary Alliance, one in Bend, the other in Cle Elem, Washington. 

We’ll find out more about how chimpanzees and humans are similar and explore the research implications of the NIH decision. 

Do you have a connection to chimpanzees? Do you work with non-human primates? What questions does the NIH decision raise for you?

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