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Report backs research on non-human primates but demands closer scrutiny

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 28 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4858
  1. Geoff Watts
  1. 1London

An independent panel of distinguished scientists and animal welfare experts chaired by the Cambridge ethologist Patrick Bateson has given qualified approval to the research use of non-human primates in Britain. But the panel’s report emphasises the need for continuing and even closer scrutiny of the scientific and social justification for experimenting on these animals.

The report was commissioned by the Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, each of which funds work on primates. All three declared their support for the broad thrust of the report, and said that some of its 15 recommendations …

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