Research with primates

Affe in Gehege der Universität Freiburg
Immagine: Eric Rouiller, Universität Freiburg

Research involving monkeys is a particularly controversial issue in our society, because the species so closely resembles humans. Their social behaviour is similar to ours, their faces, gestures and how they raise their young remind us of ourselves. For this reason, research involving primates is considered to be particularly problematic. Under what conditions can animals that resemble us so closely be used for animal experiments?