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2,000-Monkey Research Center to Be Shuttered

The Harvard Medical School has announced it is closing its primate research center, stating financial reasons due to funding uncertainty as behind their decision, which would send about 2,000 monkeys to other U.S. facilities.

Since about 2010, four monkeys at the New England Primate Research Center in Southborough, Mass., have died, and the Department of Agriculture has cited the center for failing to comply with the Animal Welfare Act, according to the New York Times.

The center is credited with various AIDS achievements, including finding the first clear evidence that AIDS is caused by a virus and demonstrating a vaccine is possible.

For more, here's the statement from Harvard Medical School.

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Jeanna served as editor-in-chief of Live Science. Previously, she was an assistant editor at Scholastic's Science World magazine. Jeanna has an English degree from Salisbury University, a master's degree in biogeochemistry and environmental sciences from the University of Maryland, and a graduate science journalism degree from New York University. She has worked as a biologist in Florida, where she monitored wetlands and did field surveys for endangered species. She also received an ocean sciences journalism fellowship from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.