Saturday, May 19, 2007

Help Support an End to the Breeding of Chimpanzees for Research.

An organization called Project R&R, is collecting names on a petition to end the breeding of chimpanzees for research. If you want to add your signature, please click here.

The Chimpanzee Genome was completed in 2005. Scientists determined that there is less than a 2% difference between human and Chimpanzee DNA. We are genetically closer to chimpanzees that we are to Neanderthals.

This data provides a valid reason to rethink the use our furry cousins for medical research.

I welcome your comments (pro and con) on this issue.


popred said...

Tough question. But for research that requires answers to "how will this medication affect humans" and similar issues, what better way to test than to try on an organism that is so similar to ourselves, yet not human? animal research is necessary for many things - better on animals than on humans. and better yet on animals which are similar enough that the results will be applicable to humans, as opposed to testing on drosophila (fruit flies) or petri dish nematodes and then saying it's safe for humans.

Monkey Bob said...

Hi popred:
Yes, this is a difficult question. As I see it, chimpanzees are so genetically similar to humans that (at some time in the future) they may become legally classified as humans. If you click on "Austria" in the Monkey Prose Table of Contents, you will see that this issue is actually now being debated in a court in Austria. In addition, the more that I find out about chimpanzee behavior, the more human that they seem. For example, if you read "Chimpanzee Politics" by Frans de Waal (which is also in the Monkey Prose Table of Contents) I think that your perception of the species gap between chimpanzees and humans will shrink considerably.

Thank you for your input on this very important issue. I believe that every person's viewpoint deserves a fair hearing and evaluation.

"I have opinions of my own -- strong opinions -- but I don't always agree with them."
-George Bush

Well, almost everyone's viewpoint!