I am delighted that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) decided to reduce their use of Chimpanzee’s in biomedical research! Yes we share most of our human DNA with Chimps and they have made enormous contributions to advances in medicine. But the cost is too high. This decision inspires all of us in the scientific community to continue the quest for viable alternatives to using animals in research. It is not yet always possible to advance the field outside of using animal models, but we must keep working toward this goal.
Here is a link to a recent CNN article on the NIH announcement.
I applaud NIH for this decision. As a cancer survivor, I am also deeply indebted to (and saddened by) all the animals who have suffered or died as part of medical research.