Bringing science and development together through news and analysis

  • Primate research moves to China

Shares

The Kunming Institute of Zoology in south-western China is just one of several primate research facilities that are attracting Western researchers to the country. With 1,400 monkeys including 300 in isolation, it held scientists in awe at a recent symposium on biomedical research using primates as research models.

David Cyranoski describes the current trend among researchers using primate models to shift their studies to China, either by taking up positions there, or through collaborations. Low costs, fewer regulations, and the absence of animal rights groups make the move an attractive prospect.

But some worry that these factors could cause problems in the future. Activists say the same ethical concerns that have arisen in Western primate facilities are also valid in China, where there are fewer institutional ethics review boards. Weizhi Ji, director of the Kunming Institute, and his collaborators, however, say ethical standards at the Kunming institute match those in Europe and the United States.

Link to full article in Nature

Reference: Nature 432, 3 (2004)

Republish
We encourage you to republish this article online and in print, it’s free under our creative commons attribution license, but please follow some simple guidelines:
  1. You have to credit our authors.
  2. You have to credit SciDev.Net — where possible include our logo with a link back to the original article.
  3. You can simply run the first few lines of the article and then add: “Read the full article on SciDev.Net” containing a link back to the original article.
  4. If you want to also take images published in this story you will need to confirm with the original source if you're licensed to use them.
  5. The easiest way to get the article on your site is to embed the code below.
For more information view our media page and republishing guidelines.