"We remain of the view that in many areas of research we are still reliant on primates to achieve our goals for improving human health"
Professor Colin Blakemore is the Cheif Executive of the Medical Research Council. 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. His response to this report, on behalf of the Medical Research Council was:
"The Medical Research Council welcomes this report led by Sir David Weatherall, which after thorough investigation and deliberation, concludes that the continued use of primates in medical research is justified where there is no alternative. The MRC is concerned not only that primates be used only when there is no alternative to answer research questions of particular significance, but also that the standards of housing and care should be as high as possible. We remain of the view that in many areas of research we are still reliant on primates to achieve our goals for improving human health. We greet the expert group's recommendations with interest and will be considering them in detail at the earliest opportunity."