Primate Experimentation in the US:
The Facts We Weren’t Supposed to Know

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Primate Experimentation in the US: The Facts We Weren’t Supposed to Know
By Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T.
513-575-5517 saen@saenonline.org  

What Kinds of Experiments Are Performed on Primates?

Searches within the NIH CRISP system revealed some common areas of experimentation that utilize primates. These areas of experimentation were examined in macaque monkeys, the most commonly used species of primates. CRISP searches reveal 15 experiments that study heart disease in macaques, and 34 that study cancer. However, this same system contains 51 projects that study cocaine in macaques, 58 that study neurobiology, 44 that study alcohol, and 188 that study neural information processing in macaques. Another 21 projects study macaque sex and an additional 16 examine reproduction in macaques. It appears that the NIH is more interested in getting primates drunk or stoned and showing them a good time, than in curing real diseases.

The CRISP system lists a total of 1,072 projects that involve macaque monkeys. 188, or 17.5%, are in the area of neural information processing. Another substantial (116 or 10.8%) set of grants study alcohol or addictive drugs in macaques.

Macaque Monkey Project Categorization
Based on the National Institutes of Health CRISP system

Heart Disease 15
Sex 21
Cancer 34
Neurobiology 58
Reproduction 16
Stress 68
Learning 62
Alcohol & Addictive Drugs 116
Memory 105
Behavior Tests 147
Neural information processing 188

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