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WASHINGTON — The National Institutes of Health plans to move the “vast majority” of its chimpanzees formerly used for research to a sanctuary in Louisiana, Director Francis Collins told STAT Thursday.

“We do believe that chimpanzees should be moved to the retirement facility unless there is really very strong evidence that this would be acutely harmful to them and threaten their ultimate survival,” Collins said.


The NIH released a slate of decisions Thursday laying out its plans for the hundreds of chimps that are still living in agency-supported research facilities.

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