National Academy of Sciences
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December 15, 2011

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The National Institutes of Health should allow the use of chimpanzees as subjects in biomedical and behavioral research only under stringent conditions, including the absence of any other suitable model and inability to ethically perform the research on people, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. The report's recommendations answer the need for a uniform set of criteria for assessing the scientific necessity of chimpanzees in biomedical, comparative genomics, and behavioral research.

Jeffrey P. Kahn, M.P.H., Ph.D. (chair), Warner C. Greene, M.D., Ph.D., Sharon Terry, M.A.