FASEB submitted comments in response to a Request for Information from the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP). ORIP was seeking comment on 1) capabilities of organizations and universities to provide research resources necessary for nonhuman primate (NHP) research, and 2) information on expectations for future needs for NHP resources.
FASEB’s comments, directed at the future need for NHP resources, state that the number of common marmosets (small, new world monkeys) in biomedical research may increase in the next five years. Factors contributing to this increase include marmosets’ physiological and anatomical similarities with humans, efficient reproduction, and the ability of scientists to more easily alter these animals’ genes using novel techniques.
In a second point, FASEB asserts that new technologies such as CRISPR/Cas gene editing may allow for the development of transgenic nonhuman primate models that more closely mimic human disease. Given that, additional resources may be required to meet the demands, including those provided by the National Primate Research Centers (a national network that provides resources and expertise for those conducting nonhuman primate research).