Primates in ResearchPrimate research is essential now and for the future of human health.
Researchers make discoveries that without the help of primates would be impossible.
Nonhuman primates (NHPs) are so similar to people genetically (up to 98%) that they show, unlike any other animal, how diseases work in the human body.
NHPs, mostly monkeys, are the bridge between smaller animals and people. 95 percent of animal research is conducted with rats and mice. But they can only tell us so much. Once a disease or drug is understood in smaller species, it’s often then studied in monkeys. Monkeys are more predictive of how a disease acts or how a treatment will work in people. Primate research has led to medical devices, treatments, advancements and cures that have saved and improved millions of lives. Research with NHPs has contributed to the following discoveries:
- POLIO VACCINE
- INSULIN FOR DIABETES
- CORONARY BYPASS SURGERY
- HIP REPLACEMENTS
- KIDNEY DIALYSIS AND TRANSPLANTS
- ORGAN TRANSPLANTS
- ORGAN REJECTION MEDICATIONS
- MEDICATIONS FOR BIPOLAR DISORDER, DEPRESSION AND OTHER PSYCHIATRIC ILLNESSES
- BLOOD TRANSFUSIONS
- HEPATITIS B VACCINE
- HIV/AIDS MEDICATIONS
- CHILD LUNG TRANSPLANTS FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS
- PARKINSON’S DISEASE TREATMENTS
- PROSTATE CANCER TREATMENTS