Marmosets in medical research

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Monkeys used in research are housed in family groups and can groom each other, climb, forage for food and play. These marmosets were filmed in their living quarters in a UK research facility in early 2005. This video has no sound.

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A very small percentage (around 0.1%) of animal research uses non-human primates – usually small monkeys like these marmosets or macaques. Great apes such as chimpanzees, gorillas and orang-utans are not used in UK research. Monkeys can only be used in research when no alternative – animal or non-animal – is suitable. But they are still vital to our understanding of complex human diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and HIV. To find solutions for people with these conditions, we need to carry out research on small numbers of monkeys.