There’s huge news today in biomedical research — a little outside my core topics, but so important that I thought it was worth highlighting for you anyway.
A report by the Institute of Medicine has declared that most research on chimps in the United States is unnecessary and should cease. Experiments should only continue if strict criteria are met:
- If there is no other model or animal in which the research can be performed
- If the research cannot be performed ethically on humans
- If not using chimps will “prevent or significantly hinder advances necessary to prevent or treat life-threatening or debilitating conditions.