'Although rare, the use of primates in medical research and testing is invaluable, as an essential aspect of work wihch provides the best hope for breakthroughs in important areas..."
Sir David King is the Goverment's Chief Scientific Advisor. His coments below are in regard to the Wetherall Report, a report on the use of non-human primates in research published in December 2006. The study was initiated by the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Society, the Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust.
"I welcome Professor Weatherall's valuable and independent contribution to what is a sensitive area. I accept his conclusion that there is a strong scientific case for the carefully regulated use of non-human primates where there are no other means to address clearly defined questions of particular biological or medical importance and I am proud that the UK has the skilled people to carry out this important work.
Although rare, the use of primates in medical research and testing is invaluable, as an essential aspect of work which provides the best hope for breakthroughs in important areas such as neurodegenerative disorders and for aspects of immune and reproductive functions.
The Government will build on the Weatherall recommendation, by developing a national stratedy for the use of non-human primates in science."