Chimp Haven, outside Shreveport, La., welcomed seven research chimpanzees into their new home, a move that came on the heels of an NIH proposal that recommends all but 50 of the 360 chimpanzees currently being used in federally funded research be retired.
The recommendation would effectively end most biomedical research projects in the U.S. that involve chimpanzees. The remaining colony of 50 chimps would primarily be used for behavioral research.
The National Institutes of Health formed the committee following a 2011 report from the Institute of Medicine that found most biomedical research involving chimps was unnecessary. The committee also suggests major cuts to grants for studying chimps in laboratories, as well as ceasing to breed them for research, and it sets a high bar for research involving the remaining chimps.
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