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In a recent publication in Lab Animal,1 a nonhuman primate (NHP) researcher at the California National Primate Research Center, USA, argued for the continued importance of experiments on macaques for better understanding HIV and AIDS, and for tackling the virus and the disease with therapies and vaccines. Though the stance of the author is far from surprising, given his background and current employer (an organisation which houses around 5000 monkeys for research), the paper, even as comprehensive as it is, is not sufficiently critical of NHP experiments and overlooks a number of their deficiencies and established problems with them. Given the harm caused to the macaques in HIV/AIDS research, it is essential that we adopt an ethical and critical view, and that we seek ways of avoiding such research at all costs, rather than non-critically seeking to support and excuse it, often superficially.


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