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Wayne's Blog: New Report Confirms Invasive Biomedical Research on Chimps is Unnecessary

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  • Flo, an elderly chimp at Alamogordo Primate Facility. Alamogordo Primate Facility

Today, the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine issued a landmark report confirming that the current use of chimpanzees for invasive biomedical research is "largely unnecessary."

Nearly 1,000 chimpanzees remain in six U.S. laboratories, with about 500 of them owned by the federal government. The cost to federal taxpayers is $30 million a year to maintain these animals and use them in research, and the United States is the only industrialized nation to continue this practice.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report was commissioned by the National Institutes of Health following an outcry over the agency's 2010 proposal to move 186 federally-owned chimpanzees from Alamogordo, N.M., to the Southwest National Primate Research Center in San Antonio. These chimpanzees, including 53 year-old Flo, had already been subjected to decades of harmful research, yet were slated to be available again for invasive experiments.

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