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Experts back research using primates

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 14 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1235
  1. Michael Day
  1. 1London

    Medical experiments on non-human primates will be vital in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria “for the foreseeable future,” a group of leading scientists has concluded.

    Their report, sponsored by the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Society, the Medical Research Council, and the Wellcome Trust, adds that a ban on the use of monkeys would jeopardise important research into neurological diseases such as Parkinson's disease and dementia.

    The ban on research involving apes, should remain, however, the scientists say.

    The report's chief author, David Weatherall, the leading malaria expert and professor of medicine at Oxford University, said the “huge discrepancy” between the numbers of monkeys used in medical experiments and the number of people …

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