Thursday, March 22, 2012

Monkeys unlikely to provide reliable evidence ...

Mark Petticrew, Professor of Public Health Evaluation at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, says that without assessing the validity of primate studies first, there is little point in using them to build theories of causes of human ill-health.
Some animal rights nut, probably.

Puzzling Over Links Between Monkey Research and Human Health

ScienceDaily (Mar. 21, 2012) — Studies in monkeys are unlikely to provide reliable evidence for links between social status and heart disease in humans, according to the first ever systematic review of the relevant research.

The study, published in PLoS ONE, concludes that although such studies are cited frequently in human health research the evidence is often "cherry picked" and generalisation of the findings from monkeys to human societies does not appear to be warranted.

Mark Petticrew, George Davey Smith. The Monkey Puzzle: A Systematic Review of Studies of Stress, Social Hierarchies, and Heart Disease in Monkeys. PLoS ONE, 2012.

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