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What Happens to Science When Model Organisms Become Endangered?
The long-tailed macaque and pig-tailed macaque are now endangered in the wild according to the IUCN Red List, which says exports for monkey research are partially to blame.
What Happens to Science When Model Organisms Become Endangered?
What Happens to Science When Model Organisms Become Endangered?

The long-tailed macaque and pig-tailed macaque are now endangered in the wild according to the IUCN Red List, which says exports for monkey research are partially to blame.

The long-tailed macaque and pig-tailed macaque are now endangered in the wild according to the IUCN Red List, which says exports for monkey research are partially to blame.

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Monkeys Look for Patterns that Aren’t There—Just Like Humans Do
Dan Robitzski | Aug 31, 2022 | 4 min read
Macaques continued to search for answers to an unsolvable laboratory task, seemingly refusing to believe that the correct answers were random and inconsistent.
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Air France Announces End to Research Monkey Transport
Andy Carstens | Jul 6, 2022 | 2 min read
The shift is likely to add to an ongoing shortage of primates used in labs, which could slow progress in future COVID-19 vaccine development and other areas.
The Scientist Speaks Podcast – Episode 5
The Scientist’s Creative Services Team | 1 min read
Unusually Wired: Human Brains are Attuned to Appreciate Musical Pitch
Neural Connections Bolstered in Monkeys That Lift Weights
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2020 | 3 min read
A study in two macaques reveals the importance of increasing connectivity between muscles and the reticulospinal tract that runs from the brain stem down the spinal cord.
Deep Brain Optogenetic Control Without Implants
Ruth Williams | Apr 30, 2020 | 3 min read
Engineering an ultra-sensitive light-activated ion channel into brain cells allows for the control of neurons in live animals without a brain-implanted light source.
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Monkeys Develop Protective Antibodies to SARS-CoV-2
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 17, 2020 | 5 min read
A small study of macaques finds they don’t develop a coronavirus infection the second time they are exposed, supporting the idea of using plasma from recovered patients as a treatment for COVID-19.
When Humans Hear Music, Monkeys May Hear Noise
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 1, 2019 | 5 min read
The auditory cortices of humans and rhesus monkeys respond very differently to harmonic tones.
Infant Monkeys Died in Accidental Poisoning at UC Davis Lab
Catherine Offord | Jun 18, 2019 | 2 min read
The seven primates came into contact with a dye that was used on their mothers, documents reveal.
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Why Chimpanzees Have Big Testes, and Mandrills Have Small Ones
Katarina Zimmer | Apr 16, 2019 | 4 min read
For primates, males’ fancier ornaments are linked with smaller testes, according to a new comparative study.
Clones Made of CRISPRed Monkeys
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 25, 2019 | 2 min read
Researchers edited macaque embryos to induce symptoms of sleep disorders and chose one animal to clone. A bioethicist questions the study’s appropriateness.
Brain Rhythms Guide How Humans Pay Attention
Phil Jaekl | Dec 1, 2018 | 4 min read
A perception of sustained focus may actually be the result of cycles of fluctuating rather than continuous neural activity, according to new behavioral and neurological data from studies in humans and macaques.
Maternal Obesity and Diabetes Linked to Autism in Children
Sukanya Charuchandra | Oct 1, 2018 | 5 min read
Inflammation may be a strong contender for the connection between mom’s weight and children’s neurodevelopment, according to lab studies on animals.
Cardiac Cell Transplants Help Monkeys’ Hearts
Ashley Yeager | Jul 2, 2018 | 2 min read
The organ’s blood-pumping capacity improved with the infusion of cells, a study shows.
Image of the Day: Cuddle Buddies
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 1, 2018 | 1 min read
Researchers studying macaques in Morocco find that socialization improves the monkeys’ odds of surviving the winter. 
Postnatal Zika Infection Causes Brain Damage in Infant Macaques
Jim Daley | Apr 4, 2018 | 3 min read
The findings highlight the need for long-term monitoring of children exposed to the virus, say scientists. 
Monkeys Cloned by Dolly-the-Sheep Technology
Catherine Offord | Jan 24, 2018 | 2 min read
The approach, which has never before been successfully attempted in primates, could lead to improved animal models for human biology and disease.
Primate Brains Made to See Old Objects as New Again
Abby Olena, PhD | Aug 17, 2017 | 3 min read
Optogenetic stimulation of the perirhinal cortex can cause macaques to process never-before seen-objects as familiar and known objects as brand new.
Ebola Persistence Documented in Monkeys
Ashley P. Taylor | Jul 17, 2017 | 5 min read
In tissue samples from rhesus macaques, researchers find the virus in the same immune-privileged sites where Ebola has been found to persist in humans.
Why Can’t Macaques Talk Like Humans?
Ben Andrew Henry | Dec 12, 2016 | 1 min read
Anatomical analysis suggests monkeys possess all the hardware for human-like speech, they just lack the neurological capacity to use it.
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