Primates Used in Research Labs

How do primates end up in laboratories?

The primates that are used for researches are bred in government facilities, born in labs, or captured in the wild. Baby primates are permanently separated from their mothers. The primates captured from the wild are placed in tiny crates with little or no food or water. These primates still wait in filthy holding centers until they are transferred to their destined laboratory.

What primates are most frequently used in research?

An analysis conducted by the Human Society of the United States, from 2000 through mid 2002, showed that the macaques were the most frequently used monkeys in research labs. A scientist tested on chimpanzees to study HIV, however it had no effect so they decided to try the disease on macaques and other small monkeys.

What types of experiments are conducted using primates?

Primates are used in various areas of research including human pathologies such as HIV, Parkinson's disease and Hepatitis. Also, physical disorders such as depression and anxiety.During infectious disease research, monkeys are infected and the resulting disease is allowed to progress, which can result in symptoms such as severe diarrhea and dehydration. In some cases, the primates receive no intervention and die from the disease being studied.