Chimpanzees have been studied for the first time relation to the incidences of malaria. The conclusion is that chimps can contract malaria just as easily as people and have similar survival rates if untreated.
Harvard Medical School has announced that it is to close down its primate research center. The move appears not to be motivated by concerns about animal testing (despite recent criticisms) but rather a consequence of a lack of funding.
The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) will finalize plans for what to do with its remaining research chimpanzees by the end of March 2013. U.S. citizens have a chance to comment before the decision is made.
Researchers have found that chimps have a superior short term memory than humans in symbolic representation tests. This is significant because short term memory skills are an important element in IQ tests that purportedly measure "intelligence."