I’ve been a staunch defender of the ethical use of animals in research over the years. However, one area of animal research that I’ve always thought should be held to the highest standard is primate research. If there’s one area of animal research that requires the most justification, it’s research using primates as animal models. And, no, I’m not talking about Laura Hewitson’s and Andy Wakefield’s unethical abuse of primates.
Sometimes, however, there is the ethical use of primates. For example, the use of primates was instrumental in justifying a clinical trial of whether a microbicidal gel can prevent the transmission of HIV, as Paul Browne at Speaking of Research describes.
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