Genetic management of nonhuman primates

Sarah Williams-Blangero, John L. VandeBerg, Bennett Dyke

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    Genetic management is widely recognized as a critical component of the overall management of captive nonhuman primate colonies which produce animals for biomedical research. In this paper, we review the roles of conservation-oriented genetic management, research-oriented genetic management, genetic management at the level of taxomomic class, genetic management at the level of the population, and quantitative genetic analysis in comprehensive genetic management programs for nonhuman primate colonies. We conclude that genetic management is crucial for maintaining nonhuman primate populations suitable for genetic research on normal and disease-related phenotypes. In addition, for research programs that do not have specific genetic objectives, genetic management is essential to facilitate the selection of samples of well-matched unrelated animals for experimental purposes.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1-7
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of medical primatology
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 2002


    • Captive colony management
    • Genetics

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Animal Science and Zoology
    • veterinary(all)


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