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US agency halts funding for medical research using chimps

The National Institutes of Health, America's foremost medical research agency, said Wednesday it would no longer fund studies involving chimpanzees as it prepares to revise its policies using the primates.The National Institutes of Health, America's foremost medical research agency, said Wednesday it no longer would fund studies involving chimpanzees, as it prepares to revise its policies on using the primates. The NIH said it also plans to review all ongoing studies using chimpanzees, although such projects already are rare.