Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Intelligent and Gentle

There is something deeply, profoundly evil in this admission.

Exp Anim. 2009 Oct;58(5):451-7.

Japanese macaques as laboratory animals.
Isa T, Yamane I, Hamai M, Inagaki H.

Section for NBR Promotion, National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Myodaiji, Okazaki, Japan.

The Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata), along with rhesus and long-tailed macaques, is one of the macaca species. In Japan, it has been preferred for use as a laboratory animal, particularly in the field of neuroscience, because of its high level of intelligence and its gentle nature. In addition, the species has a relatively homogeneous genetic background and field researchers have accumulated abundant information on the social behavior of wild Japanese macaques. As future neuroscience research will undoubtedly be more focused on the higher cognitive functions of the brain, including social behavior among multiple individuals, the Japanese macaque can be expected to become even more valuable as a laboratory animal in the near future. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has launched a National BioResource Project (NBRP) to establish a stable breeding and supply system for Japanese macaques for laboratory use. The project is in progress and should lead to the establishment of a National Primate Center in Japan, which will support the supply of monkeys as well as social outreach and handling of animal welfare issues.

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