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Nonhuman primates such as rhesus monkeys are critical for biomedical research because of their close physiological similarities to humans. They enable discoveries that apply directly to studies on human health and help scientists test treatments for health conditions such as drug addiction, obesity, malaria, and AIDS.
ORIP's nonhuman primate program funds animals, facilities, technologies, and materials that support this research. ORIP also is responsible for the National Institutes of Health Chimpanzee Management Program.