| ORIGINAL ARTICLE
|Year : 2004 | Volume
| Issue : 4 | Page : 253-256
Use of live nonhuman primates in research in Asia
Synalsvagen 10, SE 757 57 Uppsala, Sweden
Background: Use of live non-human primates (NHPs) in biomedical research is a controversial issue in many parts of the world. Recent use of NHPs in research in Asian countries was surveyed.
Aim: To elucidate the use of NHPs in research in Asian countries.
Settings and design: The peer-reviewed literature was sampled according to the species used, area of research, research class and geographic location. Articles derived from database searches were scrutinised.
Methods and Material: Studies were identified from the PrimateLit database.
Results and Conclusion: Results suggested that NHP research was conducted in 16 countries, of which Japan accounted for two-thirds. About 55% of studies involved use of live animals, whereas the remaining 45% used some lower level of biological material. More than 70% of the studies using live NHPs included use of Old World monkeys. M. fuscata (18%), M. mulatta (17%) and M. fascicularis (10%) were the three most commonly used species. The most common research areas were neuroscience (44%), conservation (14%) and behaviour (11%). Due to high demand for NHPs, there is room for increased breeding of NHPs to be used for research in Asian countries.
Synalsvagen 10, SE 757 57 Uppsala
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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