The Weatherall report on the use of non-human primates in research

12 December 2006

The use of non-human primates continues to be one of the most contentious areas of biological and medical research. This independent report, produced by a working group chaired by Sir David Weatherall FRS, concludes that there is a strong scientific case for maintaining work on non-human primates for carefully selected research problems in many of the areas studied, at least for the foreseeable future.

The initiators of the study - the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Society, the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust - are committed to consider the recommendations and to formally respond within six months of its publication.