Opportunities for genetics in research on non-human primates

Martin Curie-Cohen, John L. VandeBerg, William H. Stone

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Genetics can make a major contribution to research on non-human primates. If genetic differences and similarities are taken into account, animals can be selected so that their natural genetic variation can be controlled, and this, in turn, can often reduce the number of animals required to obtain significant results. However, genetics cannot be applied effectively unless primate breeding facilities maintain accurate pedigree records. A large number of genetic markers have now been described in some non-human primate species. These markers make it possible to keep accurate pedigree records of captive populations. The survival of many primate species is threatened; if they are to survive, judicious steps to minimize inbreeding depression and to preserve natural variation must be taken immediately.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)573-585
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Human Evolution
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 1983
Externally publishedYes


  • Primates
  • animal models
  • genetics
  • immunogenetics
  • inbreeding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Anthropology


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