April 15, 2006

Domestic cats in Germany and Austria have contracted the H5N1 avian influenza virus, causing concern among pet owners in Europe and the United States.

Laboratory Animals

Ohio State retires chimpanzees Printer-friendly version The Ohio State University is closing its Primate Research Center and retiring the chimpanzees to an animal refuge in Texas. The nine chimps housed at the center will be moved to a San Antonio refuge where they will live out the remainder of their lives. No research is allowed on animals kept at the refuge. The decision, announced Feb. 21, is the culmination of a nearly four-year effort to find a new home for the animals. Research institutions such as the National Institutes of Health and NASA have been reducing the amount of primate research they conduct and retiring many of their animals. University officials noted that funding for primate research has been shrinking in recent years, ...