US Cites Harvard Medical Research Facility After 3rd Monkey Death

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(Photo credit: Harvard Medical School on Facebook)

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CAMBRIDGE (AP) — A dehydrated squirrel monkey died at a Harvard Medical School research facility in December, the third monkey to die at the New England Primate Research Center in 19 months.

The Boston Globe reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture cited Harvard for failures to comply with federal animal welfare regulations, including injuries to monkeys.

William Chin, executive dean for research at Harvard Medical School, told the newspaper that the incidents are unacceptable. He said problems with management systems and implementing basic procedures were found in a review in 2010.

Chin says new leaders are addressing the issues.

Harvard and agriculture officials say the Dec. 27 death and non-fatal dehydration of a second monkey was caused by employees’ failure to check a malfunctioning water dispensing system.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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