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20 - 07 - 2015

Documentary: Primates in laboratories

The documentary Inside the monkey lab, directed by the channel VICE News, shows backstage scenes of a Dutch research centre that experiments on primates.

 This 20 minutes video is open and transparent about the often difficult routine of the researchers, and outlines their motivations: finding treatments against AIDS, tuberculosis or dengue. The monkey, a good model to study human diseases Located in the Netherlands, the Biomedical Primate Research Centre (BPRC) is the largest European Centre for primate research. The establishment houses in semi-freedom 120 rhesus macaques, 150 lion-tailed macaques and 250 marmosets. Only 10% of them will get to see the inside of a laboratory (see video above). The selected animals are used in biomedical research to help find new treatments against AIDS, tuberculosis, the haemorrhagic fever Ebola and dengue fever, among others.  The backstage of an animal research laboratory The BPRC opened up to journalists from VICE News. They filmed in full transparency the facilities that house the monkeys and the experiments carried out by the researchers – even autopsies. In a bonus sequence of the documentary, researchers explain how the marmosets are tamed and gradually accustomed to human contact in order to reduce stress during handling. Related news:  Europe reiterates the importance of animal testing and refused the ‘Stop vivisection’ citizen’s initiative. Visit our Youtube playlist for more videos on animal research.