Report: Scientific research on chimpanzees "unjustified," should be limited

From the Washington Post today: Nearly all medical research on chimpanzees is "scientifically unjustified" and any future studies using the great apes must pass a "very high bar," according to a new congressionally ordered report from the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences.

"Fewer kinds of studies will be justified based on the criteria that we set out," said Jeffrey Kahn, a bioethicist at Johns Hopkins University who chaired the report committee.

The report does not endorse an outright ban on chimp research, but instead outlines restrictive rules for using the apes.

More on the findings here. (thanks, Cyrus!)