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Baboons in Research

What happens to primates at the Institute of Primate Research

The Institute of Primate Research (IPR) accepts researchers from around the world, including from the USA and Europe, in particular the UK, to visit and conduct experiments on wild-caught baboons; much of it is highly invasive, causes immense suffering and is even fatal.

Based on a review of published papers carried out by the BUAV, the majority of recent work by resident and visiting researchers involved in repetitive experiments that attempt to establish the use of baboons to research human diseases. A large proportion of the work has recently focused on malaria and a range of human reproductive diseases such as Chlamydia and endometriosis and to test new in vitro fertilisation (IVF) techniques and intra uterine contraceptive devices (IUDs). Researchers also used wild-caught vervet monkeys to study leishmaniasis and trypanosome infection (sleeping sickness).

Examples of experiments conducted


The majority of the work that the BUAV analysed appears to be very speculative research: attempting to establish the use of baboons for research into varied human conditions and diseases. However, there are an array of alternatives that should have been used instead. Furthermore, much of the work delivered little or no novel data, and duplicated previous work in other species, including humans.

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