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July 1 2013

Medical Experimentation on Chimps Is Nearing an End. But What About Monkeys?


The U.S. government’s decision to end its support of most medical experiments on chimpanzees came after decades of impassioned, often bitter debate — yet in some ways, it was an easy decision.

After all, chimpanzees and humans famously share 98 percent of our DNA. They’re our closest living relatives. They’re charismatic and enough like us that it’s difficult not to treat them with compassion. But what about monkeys?

Even as the ethics of chimp research grab headlines, the use of monkeys — tens of thousands in the United States alone — receives minimal attention.

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