Five leading British research universities were ordered yesterday (Apr. 8) by the government to reveal information about experiments involving primates after a three-year battle with an animal rights organization.
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The ruling applies to Oxford, Cambridge and Manchester universities, plus University College London and King's College London. All five must now release the numbers and species of primates used in current and previous research dating back to 2004. Universities regularly provide such data to the linkurl:Home Office's Science and Research Group; under the linkurl:Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act.; But while the Home Office routinely publishes linkurl:annual statistics; of scientific procedures involving animals, it does not break down these numbers by institution. In July and August 2006, the linkurl:British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection; (BUAV) filed Freedom of Information Act requests from each of fourteen UK research universities. Most of them complied with the request or said that they...

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