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By the Numbers: Making monkeys

Proposed breeding center aims to ease U.S. shortage of research monkeys

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By the Numbers: Making monkeys
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The estimated number of long-tailed macaques that would occupy a proposed new breeding facility in Bainbridge, Ga. While U.S. researchers say they need a more reliable domestic supply of monkeys, animal rights activists protested plans for the $396 million complex at a City Council meeting in January.


The share of American researchers who reported recent trouble acquiring monkeys like the long-tailed macaque for laboratory experiments, according to a 2023 report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.


The number of monkeys used annually in the United States in medical research, according to Science.


The share of the 25 most-prescribed drugs in the United States that went through animal testing prior to coming to market, according to the Foundation for Biomedical Research.


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