The National Institutes of Health has determined that the chimpanzees currently located at the Alamogordo Primate Facility on the Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, New Mexico, will remain there pending an Institute of Medicine (IOM) in-depth analysis to reassess the scientific need for the continued use of chimpanzees to accelerate biomedical discoveries. During this time, the Alamogordo chimpanzees will not be used in invasive research.
The IOM is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public. Established in 1970, the IOM is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, which was chartered under President Abraham Lincoln in 1863.
The thoughtful analysis and rigorous review anticipated from the IOM report will be a valuable means to address this issue.
Background on the NIH Chimpanzee Management Program (ChiMP) may be found at http://www.ncrr.nih.gov/comparative_medicine/chimpanzee_management_program/.
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