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Topic - National Research Council Committee
The National Institutes of Health will soon make a decision about the fate of government-owned chimpanzees after a panel of experts made several recommendations, including a phase-out of current biomedical research on chimpanzees and the retirement of more than 300 chimpanzees to sanctuaries ("Government spends millions on resort for retired research chimps," Web, Thursday). If enacted, these recommendations will save millions of taxpayer dollars because sanctuaries are less expensive than housing the animals in research labs. Sanctuaries also provide care and housing that is significantly better than the care and housing given at a laboratory.
Federal investigators overstated the strength of the scientific evidence against a late Army researcher blamed for the anthrax mailings that killed five people in 2001, a panel of scientists said Tuesday after an 18-month review. However, the panel didn't contradict the FBI's conclusion that the researcher was behind the letters.
A National Research Council committee on Tuesday questioned the scientific approaches and conclusions in the FBI's investigation of the 2001 anthrax mailings, saying that while the bureau's scientific data provided leads to the deadly chemical's origin, it could not rule out other possible sources.