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The battle won: Research chimps realize new life

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Chimpanzee’s have always been known for their human like behavior. Photo from Creative Commons.

Jan. 23 was a great day to be an animal rights activist. After a decades-long battle, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) agreed to retire the majority of its chimpanzee population, leaving only 50 individuals for use in a few final, critical experiments. The rest — over 300 individuals in total — are being moved to a national sanctuary where they will be rehabilitated and cared for for the rest of their lives. Continue reading The battle won: Research chimps realize new life

Superbug strikes in Maryland

Tragedy struck the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center when a superbug took the life of a boy from Minnesota who had come to the Maryland center for treatment.

The bug, an antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae, began its rampage at NIH last summer, claiming six – now seven – victims. This case is cause for increased concern, because it’s the first new case of infection since January. Continue reading Superbug strikes in Maryland