Primate welfare law could rule out some research

2017-07-05 07:00:09

EUROPEAN rules on primate experiments are being revised and fundamental research may suffer as a result. As New Scientist went to press, the draft directive on animal experiments, which aims to improve animal welfare, had still to be published. But some scientists fear it will curtail research involving non-human primates – into the basics of how the brain works, for example. “Some earlier drafts suggested that experiments on monkeys would only be allowed for life-threatening and debilitating disorders, which could rule out all sorts of fundamental research to understand vision, movement or neurological diseases,