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?

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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