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Primate Ethics

  • Roger V. Short
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Part of the Proceedings in Life Sciences book series (LIFE SCIENCES)


In this presentation about the vexed question of primate ethics, I would like to appeal both to your intellect and to your emotions. How do we cope with the ethical problem posed by primate experimentation? What should we do about those primates whose populations are most endangered in the wild? Are they already too precious to do research upon, or does the very fact that they are so endangered mean that we should redouble our research efforts? If so, what types of research should we be undertaking?


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