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The common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus), a New World monkey, has been used in a variety of biomedical studies as an animal model of nonhuman primates. It seems to be anticipated that there will be rapid surge in the interest of primate biology, since genome of this species has been sequenced recently (Marmoset Genome Sequencing and Analysis Consortium 2014). The evolution of gene manipulation technologies suggests that the use of the common marmoset will increase in future studies. In addition, the marmoset can be a useful animal model in neuroscience research. This is because among the primates, the common marmoset is available with mature adults being small in size (300–500 g), and these monkeys are easier to handle in a laboratory setting. They show high fertility, giving birth to nonidentical twins twice in a year, and earlier sexual maturity (~15 months), so that certain genetic aspects of neural functions can be analyzed in primates as well (Sasaki et al. 2009), which is important given that genetic studies that have taken place so far have been conducted mostly in mice. Furthermore, they have a well-developed brain sharing similar characteristics across various primate species (Paxinos et al. 2012). Common features of their brain structures make rather direct comparisons possible among the species. A combination of knowledge of research on Old World primates and new insights from genetic approaches in marmosets will provide a better and more comprehensive understanding of brain functions.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory for Symbolic Cognitive DevelopmentRIKEN Brain Science InstituteSaitamaJapan
  2. 2.Laboratory for Symbolic Cognitive DevelopmentRIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research and Brain Science InstituteWako-shiJapan
  3. 3.Division of Regenerative MedicineJikei University School of MedicineTokyoJapan
  4. 4.Department of Applied Developmental BiologyCentral Institute for Experimental AnimalsKawasakiJapan
  5. 5.Department of PhysiologyKeio University School of MedicineShinjuku-kuJapan

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