China recorded a shortage of monkeys for laboratory research

China recorded a shortage of monkeys for laboratory research. Zhao Shenli, secretary of the Chinese Association for the Breeding and Development of Laboratory Apes, told Sixth Tone.

He said the price of such primates has almost quintupled in the past five years, from $2,280 to $9,600 per individual. Zhao Shenli explained that even those who can afford to buy animals at high prices cannot always find them on the market.

Zhang Wen, owner of Jiangsu Johnsen Bioresource Co. which breeds lab monkeys, agrees with this view. He said that breeders simply can not provide the necessary number due to the peculiarities of the life cycles of animals.

It is noted that experts justify such high cost of primates by the complexity of their breeding, which fully takes eight years or five years to puberty. Also in laboratory experiments may only participate bred by humans monkeys, which must first undergo a series of tests.

China recorded a shortage of monkeys for laboratory research
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