Marmosets in medical research
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.
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.