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China is planning to launch a primate research centre to broaden the use of monkeys in medical research and explore areas in which the use of primates has so far been limited, such as neurological disease and developmental biology.

The US$1-million centre, which will be based at the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, southern China, will use locally obtained primates to build up a library of stem cells. It will also develop colonies of transgenic primates for use as models of human disease.

The founders of the centre say that research carried out there will adhere to Western-level ethics. But some have expressed doubts about China's ability to police such ethics.

Link to Nature news story

Reference: Nature 424, 239 (2003)

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