Prof. Kahn is the Robert Henry Levi and Ryda Hecht Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University. Prof. Kahn chaired the Committee on “The Use of Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research” for the Institute of Medicine at the National Academies (IOM) to investigate National Institute for Health guidelines that permitted biomedical research on chimpanzees. Under the new committee guidelines, current biomedical studies using chimpanzees would fail to meet the standards, which must be essential to human health; no other research model exists; and the animals must be maintained in ethologically appropriate physical and social environments.
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