A recent decision by the National Institutes of Health to retire all but 50 of its research chimpanzees could leave dozens of employees at a Bastrop research facility out of work.
The NIH decision means that all 166 chimpanzees at the Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research — where the primates are mostly observed for behavioral research — will eventually be moved to a federal sanctuary. That could put about 50 employees at the center out of work, said Chris Abee, the Keeling research facility’s director.
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