[unk] new facility, recently risen from the flat western expanse of the University of California's Davis campus, holds promise for extending man's medical research work with monkeys and other nonhuman primates.
Known formally as the National Center for Primate Biology, it buzzes with the sound of mosquitoes bred at a rate of 7,000 a day for malaria research, with chatter of animals, and with the activity of investigators and supporting staff.
Over the 300 surrounding acres, once ranch land adjoining the northern California campus, 20,000 to 25,000 specimens will range by the end of this decade.
Why go to all this trouble and expense?
Because, Center Director Leon H. Schmidt, PhD, told JAMAMedical News, although investigators long have used monkeys and other sub-human primates, much remains to be learned about which species and subspecies are best for various aspects of biomedical research.
In addition, Dr. Schmidt said, reliable methods