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Chimp use in bio-medicine proved unnecessary

After decades of debate, the Institute of Medicine recently announced that the use of chimpanzees for invasive biomedical research is not scientifically necessary, the Humane Society of the United States reports.

The finding was published among others in the IOM's report, "Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research: Assessing the Necessity," among other scientific findings about the use of these animals in research that is often harmful to them.

"Chimpanzees have provided limited value in research settings, and now alternative methods have been developed that will make their use all but obsolete," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS.

The news source reports that the government spends as much as $30 million per year on the 1,000 chimpanzees in laboratories. The HSUS is calling for these funds to instead be directed toward more cost-effective technology now that the IOS has determined that the use of the animals is not necessary. Other methods such as vitro studies, ex vivo modeling and epidemiological studies may save money and offer more reliable results. These practices also save animals from the harm that science may inflict on them. 
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