Thursday, March 01, 2012

Harvard Halts Research After Fourth Monkey Dies

New experiments at Harvard Medical School’s New England Primate Research Center have been suspended after a cottontop tamarin monkey died at the facility on Sunday, the fourth primate death there in 21 months.

Calling the deaths of four primates at the Southborough facility “absolutely unacceptable, deeply regrettable and personally disturbing to me,” Jeffrey Flier, dean of Harvard Medical School, vowed to take aggressive action to resolve systems, processes and human errors at the facility.

“When I learned of the most recent incident on Sunday, I immediately halted all new research protocols and new research on existing protocols at the (New England Primate Research Center),” Flier said in a statement. “The goal of this action is to provide time for our personnel to create and implement a corrective action plan.”

Harvard Medical School is assembling an independent review committee to assess the facility’s logistics and management and established a team led by veterinary staff and supervisors who will perform additional daily checks verifying the heath and wellness of every animal.

Full story here.


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