NIH Suspends Funding for Testing on Chimps and Other News of the Week

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NIH suspends funding for testing on chimps. We start this week with a follow-up to a previous Caterpickle which mentioned that the NIH was preparing a report on the usefulness of chimps in biomedical and behavioral research. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that the National Institute of Health has suspended all new grants for biomedical and behavioral research on chimps. The move comes in response to recommendations from an expert committee of the Institute of Medicine. Although the NIH’s decision will not halt all testing on chimps (chimps can still be used in research if investigators prove that the research is necessary for human health and that testing on chimps is the only way to do it), it is being hailed as a victory by animal rights groups.

And in the category of things I didn’t want to know: 

I may never read the New York Times Science section again. OK, OK, at least not until next week.

So, what about you? What caught your eye this week?

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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