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Chimp Groups Have Their Own Distinct “Handshakes”
Chimp Groups Have Their Own Distinct “Handshakes”
A 12-year study shows variation among primate groups in how the animals clasp hands during grooming, but consistency within them, even as group membership shifts over time.
Chimp Groups Have Their Own Distinct “Handshakes”
Chimp Groups Have Their Own Distinct “Handshakes”

A 12-year study shows variation among primate groups in how the animals clasp hands during grooming, but consistency within them, even as group membership shifts over time.

A 12-year study shows variation among primate groups in how the animals clasp hands during grooming, but consistency within them, even as group membership shifts over time.

chimpanzee research
New Bacterium Linked to Chimp Deaths
New Bacterium Linked to Chimp Deaths
Asher Jones | Feb 3, 2021
The newly discovered microbe seems to be responsible for a mysterious neurological disease that has killed dozens of critically endangered Western chimpanzees.
Companionship May Help Chimps Chill Out
Companionship May Help Chimps Chill Out
Joshua A. Krisch | Nov 2, 2016
Study suggests chimpanzees get by with a little help from their primate pals.
Primates, Gut Microbes Evolved Together
Primates, Gut Microbes Evolved Together
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 21, 2016
Symbiotic gut bacteria evolved and diverged along with ape and human lineages, researchers find. 
Research Chimps Being Retired
Research Chimps Being Retired
Tanya Lewis | May 6, 2016
A Louisiana research center is sending more than 200 chimpanzees to a sanctuary in Georgia.
Embattled Chimps Relocate
Embattled Chimps Relocate
Kerry Grens | Jan 9, 2016
After losing out on “personhood” in a legal battle, two chimpanzees that were held at a university in New York return to a research center in Louisiana.
Judge: Chimps Are Not Legal Persons
Judge: Chimps Are Not Legal Persons
Tracy Vence | Jul 31, 2015
Animals used in research are property, a New York State Supreme Court justice rules.
Captive Chimps Endangered, Too
Captive Chimps Endangered, Too
Jef Akst | Jun 15, 2015
The US Fish and Wildlife Service moves captive chimpanzees under the umbrella of federal protection that covers their wild counterparts.
Judge to Stony Brook: Justify Keeping Research Chimps
Judge to Stony Brook: Justify Keeping Research Chimps
Tracy Vence | Apr 22, 2015
A New York Supreme Court judge has ordered university officials to defend their custody of two chimpanzees used in research.
Chimp Culture Caught on Camera
Chimp Culture Caught on Camera
Bob Grant | Oct 1, 2014
Researchers have captured footage of wild chimpanzees teaching each other to use tools, lending support to the idea that humans aren’t the only primates to engage in social learning.
Governing Science
Governing Science
Abby Olena | Dec 30, 2013
How the US government impacted life science research in 2013
Chimp Retirement Bill Signed
Chimp Retirement Bill Signed
Tracy Vence | Dec 2, 2013
The US President has signed a bill to support the retirement of federally owned research chimpanzees over the next five years.
Chimp Retirement on Hold
Chimp Retirement on Hold
Jef Akst | Oct 31, 2013
The 60 NIH chimpanzees that were set to enjoy their remaining years at a sanctuary in Louisiana will have to wait a little longer, thanks to Congress’s ongoing budgeting problems.
NIH to Cut Back on Chimp Research
NIH to Cut Back on Chimp Research
Chris Palmer | Jun 26, 2013
The NIH will significantly reduce the use of chimpanzees in biomedical research and retire the majority of its chimps to sanctuaries.
US Chimps May Get Endangered Status
US Chimps May Get Endangered Status
Chris Palmer | Jun 13, 2013
A proposal to grant captive chimpanzees the same endangered species status as wild chimps could hamper medical research.
NIH Chimps Pushed Toward Retirement
NIH Chimps Pushed Toward Retirement
Jef Akst | Jan 24, 2013
A National Institutes of Health working group urges the agency to send most of its chimpanzees to a national sanctuary and halt half of the experiments involving such animals.
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Feb 1, 2012
February 2012's selection of notable quotes
Behavior Brief
Jef Akst | Jan 4, 2012
A roundup of recent discoveries in behavior research
PETA Buys Chimp Lab Stock
Tia Ghose | Dec 22, 2011
The animal rights organization purchases shares of a research facility in a bid to end chimpanzee testing at the facility.
US Suspends New Chimp Research
Tia Ghose | Dec 15, 2011
The decision comes after a committee found that the vast majority of research can be done without using chimpanzees.