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Funded the National Primate Research Center System to the tune of $1.5 billion over the past 20 years simply to keep the Centers open (half of the Top 10 List contains experiments conducted or supported by these Primate Centers)


National Primate Research Center System

And it is no coincidence that half of the experiments on IDA's Top 10 List were conducted at, or funded by, three of the eight National Primate Research Centers, with two each from Yerkes and the University of Wisconsin Primate Centers. One was conducted at the Tulane University Center, and cited funding support from both the Tulane and Wisconsin "Primate Research Center Grants," which support the eight Centers "using primate animals." Yet, believe it or not, a Top 10 experiment involving prairie voles actually cited funding support from the Yerkes Primate Research Center Grant.

The National Primate Research Center system was established by Congress in 1960, one year after the "Three R's" were published by the scientists Russell and Burch. Seven of the eight centers are either over or close to a half-century old. Over the past 20 years, these Primate Research Center Grants have cost taxpayers over $1.5 billion just to keep the Centers open and operational, and to provide the type of "breakthroughs" included on IDA's Top 10 List for 2011.

This $1.5 billion figure does not include the almost 30 years of taxpayer funding support prior to 1992 for these Primate Research Center Grants.


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